Father drops right to life fight

A father who had been fighting to stop a hospital withdrawing life support from his seriously ill son has dropped his objections.

The one-year-old, known as Baby RB for legal reasons, was born with a rare, genetic muscle condition that makes it hard for him to breathe independently.

The hospital was backed by the baby’s mother.

But the move had been strongly opposed by the child’s father at a High Court hearing.

However, the father changed his mind after hearing medical evidence which suggested it would be in the best interests of the child if medical support was withdrawn.

Lawyers for the health authority caring for the baby in intensive care told Mr Justice McFarlane: “All of the parties in court now agree that it would be in RB’s best interests for the course suggested by the doctors to be followed.”

“It is, I suspect, impossible for those of us to whom such an event has not happened to do more than guess at the impact of it upon these two young parents,” said Mr Justice McFarlane

BBC News

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