Appeal Court judges rule doctors CAN turn off life-support to four-month-old baby boy they claim has been dead since October after ‘total brain failure’
Judges have ruled that doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to brain-damaged baby Midrar Ali.
Midrar’s parents Karwan Ali and Shokhan Namiq had taken their fight to keep him alive to the Court of Appeal after a judge concluded he was brain stem dead.
Today, Sir Andrew McFarlane, Lord Justice Patten and Lady Justice King analysed arguments from the family’s lawyers and doctors in London on Wednesday.
But three appeal judges ruled that stopping life-support treatment was in Midrar’s best interest.
Mrs Justice Lieven, who analysed evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in Manchester, recently ruled that life-support treatment could lawfully end.
Midrar’s parents, who live in Manchester, said treatment should continue and hoped appeal judges could overturn Mrs Justice Lieven’s ruling.
Court of Appeal judges have ruled that doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to brain-damaged baby Midrar Ali
They said Midrar is still growing and say doctors cannot be sure that he will not improve.
Mrs Justice Lieven heard that Midrar had been starved of oxygen due to complications at birth and had been placed on a ventilator.
Bosses at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester asked the judge to rule that ventilation could lawfully be withdrawn so Midrar could be allowed a ‘kind and dignified death’.
Lawyers representing the hospital’s governing trust, the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said three tests had confirmed brain stem death.
Mrs Justice Lieven said she had ‘no doubt’ that Midrar was brain stem dead.
She said the medical evidence was clear and consistent.
Karwan Ali (left) and Shokhan Namiq (right) pictured outside the Court of Appeal last month as they fight for their baby to be kept alive