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Family lose battle to keep brain-damaged baby alive

Court of Appeal judges have ruled that doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to brain-damaged baby Midrar Ali

Court of Appeal judges have ruled that doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to brain-damaged baby Midrar Ali (Picture: PA)

A couple who want doctors to keep treating their brain-damaged baby son have lost a Court of Appeal fight to keep him alive.

Three appeal judges today ruled that stopping life-support treatment was in newborn Midrar Ali’s best interest.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, Lord Justice Patten and Lady Justice King analysed arguments from lawyers representing Midrar’s parents, Karwan Ali and Shokhan Namiq, and doctors, at a Court of Appeal hearing in London earlier this week.

Midrar’s parents, who live in Manchester, had challenged a ruling by a High Court judge that his life support should be turned off.

Undated handout file photo issued by Karwan Ali of his son Midrar Ali, as the couple who want doctors to keep providing life-support treatment to their brain-damaged baby son are waiting to hear if they have won a Court of Appeal fight. PA Photo. Issue date: Friday February 14, 2020. Three appeal judges are due to decide what is in Midrar Ali???s best interests on Friday. See PA story COURTS Midrar. Photo credit should read: Karwan Ali/PA Wire

Midrar Ali in hospital (Picture: PA)

File photo dated 20/01/20 of Karwan Ali (left) and Shokhan Namiq, as the couple who want doctors to keep providing life-support treatment to their brain-damaged baby son are waiting to hear if they have won a Court of Appeal fight. PA Photo. Issue date: Friday February 14, 2020. Three appeal judges are due to decide what is in Midrar Ali???s best interests on Friday. See PA story COURTS Midrar. Photo credit should read: Pete Byrne/PA Wire

Midrar’s parents Karwan Ali and Shokhan Namiq have lost their Court of Appeal fight (Picture: PA)

Mrs Justice Lieven, who analysed evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in Manchester, had concluded that Midrar was brain stem dead.

She had ruled that life-support treatment could lawfully end.

Midrar’s parents say treatment should continue and had asked appeal judges to overturn Mrs Justice Lieven’s ruling.

They say Midrar is still growing and say doctors cannot be sure that he will not improve.

But the three appeal judges dismissed their challenge.



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