A British judge has ruled doctors at a leading United Kingdom hospital can stop providing life-support treatment to an 11-month-old baby who suffered serious brain damage at birth despite a desperate plea from his parents to continue providing vital support.
Specialists at King's College Hospital said giving further intensive care treatment to 11-month-old Isaiah Haastrup was "futile, burdensome and not in his best interests".
The child's parents, Takesha Thomas and Lanre Haastrup, 36, argued for continued treatment on their son with only palliative care. "Our priority now is to provide Isaiah with the medical care he needs, working closely with and supporting his parents". "I have it. I can give it", she added.
The baby had been on a life support machine and in intensive care unit at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.His doctors wanted to take him off life support, but his parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates disagreed.
'But for them Isaiah would be at home having a lovely meal with me, with his lovely mum, playing around'.
Isaiah Haastrup suffered "catastrophic" brain damage at birth, leaving him unable to move or breathe independently, the court heard.
The judge, who had analysed evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London earlier this month, said he had reached his decision with "profound sadness".
However, Thomas told the judge: "When I speak to him he will respond, slowly, by opening one eye".
However, barrister Fiona Paterson, representing King's College NHS foundation trust, told the judge that the "overwhelming medical evidence" suggested Haastrup's conditions would not improve.
He said the trust had "harmed" Isaiah at birth, told the judge that a "negligence case" was under way and complained about the way he had been treated.
In his ruling, Mr Justice MacDonald said: "Examining Isaiah's best interests from a broad perspective I am satisfied that it is not in his best interests for life-sustaining medical treatment to be continued".
Charlie Gard, who suffered from a rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial depletion syndrome, was embroiled in a publicized court battle until his death in late July.
British courts and the European Court of Human Rights all sided with the hospital in its bid to remove life support and allow Charlie to die naturally.