Mother of brain-damaged boy loses appeal in right-to-life fight


The mother of a two-year-old boy who suffered catastrophic injuries in a car accident has lost the latest round of a right-to-life court battle.

A High Court judge had given doctors permission to stop providing life-support treatment to the brain-damaged toddler - against his mother's wishes.

Now the woman has failed to persuade two Court of Appeal judges to overturn that ruling.

Mrs Justice Parker had decided that the boy should be moved to a palliative care regime following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London in June.

Appeal judges Lord Justice McFarlane and Lady Justice King have upheld Mrs Justice Parker's decision after analysing the woman's challenge at a Court of Appeal hearing in London earlier this month.

They said the boy could not be identified.