A High Court Judge has ruled a life support machine keeping a baby alive should be switched off against the wishes of the parents, reports the Independent.
Ms Justice Russell, the High Court Judge presiding over the case, made her decision after listening to medical specialists. The specialists argued the baby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had irreversible brain damage after being born prematurely. They continued by saying, in the unlikely event the child did survive, he would be profoundly impaired and a deterioration in his condition was more likely than improvement. Currently, the child is unable to move, breathe or swallow without the help of medical equipment.
The parents of the child have argued for keeping the child alive, claiming they believe "miracles do happen." The parents, both devout Christians, have stated they believe their child is responsive and "knows what's going on." The boy's father has said: "I spend a lot of time with him, talking to him. I know when he is listening...we know he is reacting to certain things."