Mixed emotions over baby decision

The BBC news
reports that a father who went to the High Court to try to stop a hospital turning off his seriously ill baby son’s life support machine has dropped his objections to the move. The outcome has prompted a mixture of sadness and relief.

One-year-old Baby RB suffers from a rare, genetic condition called congenital myasthenic syndrome which makes it impossible for him to breathe independently. Does he have the right to die?

For six days they had sat in the bland surroundings of Court 50 at London’s High Court listening to others talking about their baby son’s quality of life.

A host of paediatricians, nurses, and experts went into the witness box. Many of them urged a judge to decide that this profoundly disabled 13-month-old boy should be allowed to die. It was, they said, no longer in his best interests to keep him alive.

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3 Responses to Mixed emotions over baby decision

  1. Caroline says:

    This was a very sad case. Every parent just wants to do the very best for their child, but we do not let animals suffer as we do humans and there must be a proper balance between pouring huge resources into children who have a limited future.
    It reminds me of a previous case where the parents fought tooth and nail to keep baby Charlotte alive at huge public expense. The little girl who is profoundly disabled is now being brought up in foster care because the parents cannot cope with her. So what was all that about

  2. Caroline says:

    This was a very sad case. Every parent just wants to do the very best for their child, but we do not let animals suffer as we do humans and there must be a proper balance between pouring huge resources into children who have a limited future.
    It reminds me of a previous case where the parents fought tooth and nail to keep baby Charlotte alive at huge public expense. The little girl who is profoundly disabled is now being brought up in foster care because the parents cannot cope with her. So what was all that about

  3. Caroline says:

    This was a very sad case. Every parent just wants to do the very best for their child, but we do not let animals suffer as we do humans and there must be a proper balance between pouring huge resources into children who have a limited future.
    It reminds me of a previous case where the parents fought tooth and nail to keep baby Charlotte alive at huge public expense. The little girl who is profoundly disabled is now being brought up in foster care because the parents cannot cope with her. So what was all that about

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