Midrar Ali: Court of Appeal rules removing life-support is in baby's best interests

14 February 2020, 11:52

Removing Midrar Ali's ventilator is in his best interests, three judges have ruled
Removing Midrar Ali's ventilator is in his best interests, three judges have ruled. Picture: PA
Ewan Somerville

By Ewan Somerville

Doctors can stop providing life-support to a severely brain-damaged baby boy, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Three judges upheld a High Court judgement last month that ending life-saving care for Midrar Ali is in his best interests.

His family argued that the four-month-old, from Manchester, was still growing so should still be supported.

Speaking after the ruling, his father Karwan Ali said: "It's just terrible."

Ali's parents appealed the High Court's ruling but their case was rejected on Friday
Ali's parents appealed the High Court's ruling but their case was rejected on Friday. Picture: PA

Complications at birth meant Ali was starved of oxygen and has since been on a ventilator at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester.

The hospital's lawyers said removing the breathing aid would allow Midrar a "kind and dignified death", a view supported at the High Court's Family Division in January.

Mrs Justice Lieven said she had "no doubt" Ali was brain dead, based on an analysis of medical evidence which she deemed clear and consistent.

But his father maintained that he was growing and that doctors could not be certain his son was dead or that his condition would not improve.

Lord Brennan, a barrister representing the family, said he was "surviving week by week" and "growing", and urged more tests to be carried out before any final decision is made.

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