In London, a couple is fighting to keep their eight-month-old son alive. Isaiah Hasstrup suffered brain damage at birth, and was placed on an artificial respirator at King’s College Hospital. However, the medical team believes that further treatment would be “pointless, painful and not in his interest”. Relationships are “difficult” between the hospital and the parents who have initiated legal proceedings. The High Court has just held that treatment must be maintained. The Hasstrup couple is now hoping that an independent expert will be appointed to give another medical opinion. For his part, the judge hopes that mediation will avoid trial proceedings scheduled for 15 January.
The same court authorised the cessation of Charlie Gard’s treatment last summer.