11-month-old boy will not improve, life-support treatment court case told


An 11-month-old boy at the centre of a High Court life-support treatment fight is "profoundly disabled" and will not improve, a doctor has told a judge.

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, who are both 36 and from London, want treatment to continue.

Mr Justice MacDonald is overseeing a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

A specialist treating Isaiah said the little boy had suffered "catastrophic" brain damage due to being deprived of oxygen at birth.

He told the judge that Isaiah was in a "low level of consciousness", did not respond to stimulation and could not move independently.

"I have seen no significant change in Isaiah's condition," the specialist added. "It is my opinion he will not improve."

The specialist said Isaiah was "profoundly disabled".

He said the little boy could not breath independently and that evidence suggested that he was experiencing pain.

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 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.

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 says the case can be reported but has ruled that medics involved in Isaiah's care cannot be identified.

The hearing continues.