According to a court ruling, a terminally ill baby is not allowed to die at home. The appeal court in London ruled that the life support measures for the eight-month-old girl must be ended in a clinic or a hospice, as British media reported on Saturday.
A court had previously ruled against the parents’ wishes that little Indi no longer needed to be provided with life support measures. According to doctors in Nottingham, the treatment is pointless and painful for the child. A request to bring little Indi to Italy for further treatment was also rejected. The parents also failed before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Judge Rupert Jackson said the girl, who was born in February, had been on life support since early September. The treatment causes Indi “significant pain” every day. She shows no interaction with her environment.
The case is reminiscent of similar disputes involving terminally ill children. In particular, the legal debate surrounding twelve-year-old Archie, who suffered severe brain injuries in a domestic accident, caused a stir. The boy, who was subsequently brain dead, had his devices turned off in August 2022 after the Supreme Court ruled against the parents’ wishes.
In Great Britain, judges often decide what is in the best interest of the patient on the recommendation of medical professionals. The NHS, which is under severe financial pressure, tends to withdraw life support at an early stage.
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