Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Father Fights Mother Over Baby's Right To Live
A baby's right to life has put his parents on opposing sides in a British court over whether to switch off the child's life support.
The father took the case to court to stop his wife and doctors from disconnecting the baby's respirator.
The baby's parents are amicably separated, the father's lawyer said.
Due to privacy, the baby is only known as RB. He is about one year old and suffers from congenital myasthenic syndrome, a rare genetic condition which means he cannot breathe on his own.
A new doctor, appointed by court, has been asked to evaluate whether a tracheostomy would help the baby. The operation involves cutting a hole in the infant's throat to help it breathe.
Lawyers for the Hospital said this doctor's advice "could change the entire pattern of the case".
The Mayo Clinic, one of the leading hospitals in the United States, says on its Web site that
"different forms of CMS vary widely in their symptoms, from mild to severely disabling. With accurate diagnosis and appropriate therapy, even potentially fatal forms can usually be treated successfully."I applaud this father. If this baby can be trached, he could go on to live a full , meaningful life. Doctors always give the worst scenario. They told me my son would never walk or talk. As a parent you have to force them to do more.