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Midrar Ali: Parents lose court appeal over baby's treatment

Midrar Ali: Parents lose court appeal over baby's treatment

  • 14 February 2020
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Image caption Midrar Ali suffered brain damage during his birth

Court of Appeal judges have ruled that doctors can stop providing medical treatment for a brain dead baby.

The three judges analysed evidence on four-month-old Midrar Ali after a High Court judge concluded that treatment could be withdrawn.

His parents had urged medics to continue treatment, saying he was showing "signs of life".

Doctors at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester said Midrar should be allowed a "kind and dignified death".

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

Midrar's parents had asked appeal judges to overturn this ruling.

But the three appeal judges dismissed their challenge, saying stopping the treatment was in Midrar's best interest.