‘Right to life’ parents to appeal
The parents of a seriously-ill baby are to appeal against a High Court decision which gave doctors the right not to resuscitate her if she stops breathing.
Charlotte Wyatt, now 15 months, was born three months premature at St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, with serious brain, lung and kidney damage.
A High Court judge ruled last October “aggressive” treatment to prolong her life was not “in her best interests”.
Her parents are now returning to court demanding a suspension of the ruling.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/shared/img/o.gifhttp://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/start_quote_rb.gif **The sad fact is that the staff caring for her still believe that any slight improvement does not change the seriousness of her underlying condition **http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/end_quote_rb.gif
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Charlotte was not expected to live beyond a further year and was likely to succumb to a respiratory infection this winter.
Parents, Darren, 33, and Donna, 23, from Buckland, Portsmouth, have said there is also evidence that she can follow objects with her eyes and hear clapping.
A spokeswoman for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said last night: "The fact that Charlotte is still alive and is to some extent showing some limited signs of improvement is a tribute to the skill and expertise of the nursing and medical staff who have delivered such a high level of support to her over the months.
"However, she remains in a critical condition and is not growing.
"Thus the sad fact is that the staff caring for her still believe that any slight improvement does not change the seriousness of her underlying condition.
“There is no independent evidence of the extent of the improvement in Charlotte’s underlying condition.” Lawyers for the Wyatts were expected to return to court on 28 January to argue for the hospital’s right not to resuscitate Charlotte to be suspended for six weeks until independent reports on her health are published.
This should be the parents right I would think. Can this happen in the US, that the governement would act against a parent’s wish?