Baby's parents given more time to prepare for life-support treatment trial

The parents of a 10-month-old boy who is at the centre of a life-support treatment dispute have been given more time to prepare for a High Court trial.

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".

Isaiah's mother Takesha Thomas and father Lanre Haastrup want treatment to continue.

Isaiah's father Lanre Haastrup arrives at cour
Isaiah's father Lanre Haastrup arrives at court (PA)

A judge had been scheduled to start analysing detailed evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Monday.

But Mr Justice MacDonald adjourned the start of the trial until Monday January 22 after Isaiah's mother and father said they needed more time to prepare their case.

Barrister Fiona Paterson, who is representing King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at preliminary hearings, has told Mr Justice MacDonald that Isaiah was born at King's College Hospital on February 18 with a severe brain injury thought to have been caused by a deprivation of oxygen.

She said he was "ventilator-dependent" and being cared for in a paediatric intensive care unit.

Doctors did not think there were any "further investigations or forms of treatment" which would benefit him.

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