Court allows brain injured baby to die


LONDON - Doctors caring for a severely brain damaged, three month old girl were given permission by a judge yesterday to switch off the ventilator that is keeping her alive so that she can die in peace.

Baby C's future was "quite hopeless - it is a terrible thing to have to say," said Sir Stephen Brown, president of the High Court Family Division.

"It is almost a living death." Her parents, the doctors and consultant surgeons were all agreed that "it is not in the interests of this child to continue to be ventilated artificially", he said.

The baby, whose young parents live in the Humberside area, is a ward of court and cannot be identified.