A court in the United Kingdom has decided that doctors have the right to remove a severely-disabled 11-month-old infant from life support on Monday; ignoring the wishes of the boy’s parents’ who hope to seek further treatment.
According to Fox News, the British High Court decided that “further treatment” on Isaiah Haastrup would be futile and that the child would only endure “prolonged suffering” if his life is unnecessarily extended.
“Examining Isaiah’s best interests from a broad perspective…I am satisfied that it is not in his best interests for life-sustaining medical treatment to be continued. That, with profound sadness, is my judgment,” said the judge’s ruling.
The court’s decision to remove Haastrup from life-support follows weeks of legal proceedings, with the boy’s parents fighting his doctors’ insistence that he would never recover from injuries sustained during child birth.
“When I speak to him he will respond, slowly, by opening one eye,” said the boy’s mother. “I see a child who is injured. He needs love. He needs care. I have it. I can give it.”
The case echos a similar legal fight last year, when ‘Little’ Charlie Gard was forcibly removed from life support despite his parents’ desire to seek further treatment in the United States.
Charlie passed away days later.
DEATH PANEL: UK Doctors Order DEATH of Infant AGAINST Parents’ Wishes
Less than a year after the UK courts ordered the euthanasia of ‘Little’ Charlie Gard against his parents’ wishes, British doctors are again arguing that a “profoundly disabled” 11-month old infant should suffer the same fate; claiming further medical treatment would be “futile.”
According to the Guardian, Isaiah Haastrup suffered serious brain damage and other life-threatening injuries at child birth, requiring round-the-clock life support in order to live. Lawyers for the British doctors told the courts that prolonging the infant’s life would bring about substantial and unnecessary “suffering.”
“We always take account of the views of parents,” one medical professional told the court. “The needs of the child are paramount […] Isaiah needs life support in order to stay alive.”
Opposing those lawyers are the boy’s parents, who wish to seek further treatment in the hospital with the hopes of one day bringing Isaiah home.
“You have not seen Isaiah being cuddled and stroked by mummy and daddy,” said attorneys for the infant’s father.
The case is expected to continue for weeks, with legal experts expecting the court to side with the doctors and remove Isaiah from life support within the coming months.