Brain-Damaged Baby Isaiah Dies After Doctors Switch Off Life Support

Brain-damaged Isaiah Haastrup at the centre of a right-to-life legal battle has died after doctors withdrew life support.

Doctors removed him from life-support on Wednesday after a last-resort appeal to the European court of human rights (ECHR) was dismissed on Tuesday. He received palliative care only after his extubation.

Takesha Thomas and Lanre Haastrup, both 36 from South London, wanted life-support to continue, and took their case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) after losing a lengthy legal battle with King’s College Hospital.

But judges at the ECHR declared the appeal “inadmissible” following a High Court ruling that further treatment for the baby would be “futile, burdensome and not in his best interests”.

Isaiah’s parents were denied permission to appeal to the court of appeal, and an 11th hour appeal to the ECHR was ruled inadmissible on Tuesday.

Treatment was withdrawn at 1pm on Wednesday, according to Isaiah’s father, and he died shortly before 8pm.

Haastrup told the Guardian: “Isaiah was extubated at 1pm and breathed on his own till 7.50pm before he died. This was completely different from the three minutes the experts told the court he will only breathe due to his injury.

“He demonstrated that he wanted to live and can breathe on his own, and could have been weaned off the ventilator. I am so proud of him.”

Isaiah suffered from “catastrophic” brain damage, thought to have been caused by oxygen deprivation at birth.

Doctors said he had only a low level of consciousness, could not move, and could not breathe without a ventilator.

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