‘Catastrophic’ brain damage: Parents lose court battle to keep son alive


The parents of a brain-damaged boy being cared for at a London hospital have lost a life support treatment fight.

Specialists at King’s College Hospital said giving further intensive care treatment to 11-month-old Isaiah Haastrup is “futile, burdensome and not in his best interests.”

They wanted the go-ahead to provide only palliative care.

Isaiah’s mother Takesha Thomas, and father Lanre Haastrup, who are both 36 and from Peckham, south-east London, wanted treatment to continue.

Isaiah’s mother Takesha Thomas; and father Lanre Haastrup. Metro photo

A judge has ruled that doctors can stop providing life support treatment.

Mr Justice MacDonald announced his decision on Monday in Birmingham after analysing evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London earlier this month.

Barrister Fiona Paterson, who has represented King’s College Hospital NHS…

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