Father withdraws opposition to Baby RB’s death
Last week BioEdge reported that a UK hospital had asked the High Court if it could allow a severely disabled one-year-old boy known as Baby RB to die.
The local health authority had decided it was in his best interests even though the child was not brain-damaged. However doctors said that he cannot move his limbs or facial muscles, swallow or breathe unaided and cannot communicate in any way.
According to the London Telegraph, sometime soon, at a time to be agreed between the parents and the doctors, he will be heavily sedated and his ventilator will be withdrawn. This will “bring his life to a dignified end”, as his parents said in a statement.
The doctors were originally supported by the mother but opposed by the father. This week the father withdrew his opposition after telling the court that he realised that everything had been done for his son.
The judge, Mr Justice McFarlane, said, “I agree with the outcome and consider that the conclusion to which they and the clinicians have come is the only tenable outcome for RB, the viability of whose life, from its first moment, has depended upon receiving intensive and invasive care from others.”
RB, as the boy is called to protect the family’s privacy, has congenital myasthenia syndrome, a rare neuromuscular condition that prevents him from breathing on his own and severely restricts his power to move his limbs. ~ London Telegraph, Nov 12
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