The mother of a ‘profoundly disabled’ 11-month-old boy has told a judge her son’s life is ‘worth preserving’.
Specialists at King’s College Hospital in London say giving further intensive care treatment to Isaiah Haastrup is ‘futile, burdensome and not in his best interests’. They say he is profoundly disabled, but can feel pain.
But Isaiah’s mother, Takesha Thomas, who wants treatment to continue, told a judge today: ‘I see a child who is injured. He needs love. He needs care. I have it. I can can give it.
‘To say it is so poor, it is not worth living, that is not right. It is not their decision to make.’
Mr Justice MacDonald is overseeing a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
Isaiah’s mother, Takesha Thomas, and father Lanre Haastrup, who are both 36 and from London, want treatment to continue for their son
Ms Thomas was asked by barrister Ian Wise QC, who is leading her legal team, on Tuesday: ‘Do you think Isaiah’s has a life worth preserving?’
She replied: ‘I do.’
Doctors have told the judge that Isaiah suffered ‘catastrophic’ brain damage due to being deprived of oxygen at birth.
They say Isaiah is in a low level of consciousness, cannot move or breathe independently and is connected to a ventilator.
Doctors say Isaiah does not respond to stimulation and is ‘profoundly disabled’.
Specialists do not think there are any ‘further investigations or forms of treatment’ which would benefit him.
But Ms Thomas told the judge: ‘When I speak to him he will respond, slowly, by opening one eye.’
Isaiah’s mother, Takesha Thomas, and father Lanre Haastrup, pictured outside the High Curt in London on Monday, believe their son’s life is ‘worth preserving’
Barrister Fiona Paterson, who is representing King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at hearings, has told Mr Justice MacDonald that Isaiah was born at King’s College Hospital on February 18 2017.
She said nobody could understand the pain and suffering Isaiah’s parents had endured.
But she said ‘overwhelming medical evidence’ showed that stopping treatment was in Isaiah’s best interests.
Mr Justice MacDonald is hearing evidence at a private trial.
He said the case can be reported but has ruled that medics involved in Isaiah’s care cannot be identified.
The hearing is expected to end later this week.
Isaiah Haastrup’s father Lanre Haastrup and mother Takesha Thomas arrive at the High Court (on Monday) where a judge is expected this week to decide whether doctors should stop providing life-support treatment to their 11-month-old son
Isaiah suffered ‘catastrophic’ brain damage due to being deprived of oxygen at birth