Baby’s life support to be stopped after ruling

A baby who suffered brain damage after being starved of oxygen when born in a car during a hailstorm should no longer receive life support treatment, a High Court judge has decided.
Baby’s life support to be stopped after ruling

The little girl’s parents wanted treatment to continue but Mr Justice Peter Jackson has ruled against them after a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in Manchester.

He said the only benefit the girl — born in January — would get from continued treatment was the “prolongation of her life by intensive medical intervention”.

The judge said, in a written ruling, the little girl had been in an intensive care unit all her life. He said she had no quality of life, no “future to look forward to” and could experience “none of the joys of life”.

Mr Justice Jackson said the “likely consequence of his decision” was that the little girl would soon die.

He said no-one involved could be identified. The judge named the girl only as “Chloe” in the ruling. He said she was being treated in a specialist unit run by the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

Trust bosses had asked for an order authorising the withdrawal of respiratory support.

Mr Justice Jackson said he was in “no doubt” that the trust’s application should be granted.

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