A HIGH Court judge has today ruled a brain-damaged baby boy’s life support can be turned off.
Four-month-old Midrar Ali’s parents have been campaigning against medics at a Manchester hospital.
Medics treating Midrar at St Mary’s Hospital said three tests, including one conducted independently, confirmed brain stem death.
They argued this means Midrar is brain dead but his parents disagree and believe the vital organ continues to function.
Today a judge said the evidence that Midrar was brain dead was “clear and consistent”.
Last week his dad, Karwan Ali, 35, told the court he is still showing signs of life and should remain on a ventilator.
He said: “One of the consultants said there is only one door that Midrar can get out. It meant there was no choice but to take the ventilator off and if Midrar cannot open the door himself then they will help him open the door.
“We were saying from the beginning we had a feeling that Midrar is not dead. In fact if Midrar is dead then where is the death certificate?
“I kept showing them signs of life. As a biologist I have never known a dead body, a dead person, who could live beyond four months. Circulation and heart regulation and breathing – these three are controlled by the brain stem.
“If I was not a scientist, Midrar would have been dead or, I am sorry to say, killed in the first few days of his life, but I kept researching what was going on and I knew what they were doing was not correct.”
FIGHTING FOR LIFE
The youngster suffered serious injuries when the umbilical cord came out ahead of his birth and he was starved of oxygen.
The hospital trust said to continue the treatment is “undignified” and applied to the Family Division of the High Court to ask a judge to rule on the matter.
Last Wednesday Mr Ali, a biomedical scientist, told the hearing in Manchester that he and his wife, Shokhan Namiq, 28, had felt pressured throughout from the hospital to end life support.
Arguing he had a “right to defend” his son, he said: “I am holding a rope of hope that burns in my hand every time I see Midrar, but why do the hospital and consultants keep taking the hope from us.”
The court heard the parents, from Manchester, have instructed solicitors to pursue a separate medical negligence case against the hospital trust.
Midrar’s eyes opened after he was circumcised at the hospital last week, the court has heard, but medics say that was an involuntary nerve reaction because the brain was no longer capable of sending signals to the body.
Last week, a senior consultant at the hospital said there were a number of cases where people had ongoing heartbeat several weeks and months after fitting the criteria of brain stem death.
The medic accepted that Midrar’s body was continuing to grow but pointed out that his head was getting smaller.