Lanre Haastrup and Takesha Thomas are mourning the death of their son, Isaiah Haastrup, after the UK government ruled that doctors withdraw his life support.
Isaiah had been on life support since his birth, after suffering brain injuries due to oxygen deprivation at birth, so, he cannot breathe or move independently.
His mother, Takesha had to undergo an emergency caesarean section after her womb ruptured, and Isaiah was delivered with no heartbeat and not breathing and had to be resuscitated.
The father who is displeased at the court’s ruling said he was shocked and disappointed at the timing.
“Surely, this is not sufficient to say our goodbyes to our son; we would require a reasonable period to spend with Isaiah.”
Meanwhile, the high court family division judge said, it was in Isaiah’s best interests, as the baby is ventilator-dependent, has an extremely depressed level of consciousness, is blind, deaf and suffers from dystonia, which may be causing pain, according to medical experts from five hospitals who have examined him.
So, the hospital where Isaiah has been on life support sent a letter to his parents informing them of the intention to withdraw Isaiah’s ventilation and urged them to spend time with him beforehand.
But Isaiah’s parent said the hospital was breaching NHS policy that makes them entitled to a sit-down meeting with their doctors to discuss options, choose a time and place, and agree on as many details as possible, including support for their grieving and memory making.
“We were never given this meeting, and instead have lived for months under the threat of our son being extubated on little or no warning, with no atmosphere of peace or support around us. The ECHR decided to abandon justice and instead prioritised the fierce urgency of killing Isaiah,” they said.
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