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11-month-old profoundly disabled boy 'will not improve', court hears

An 11-month-old boy at the centre of a High Court life-support treatment fight is "profoundly disabled" and will not improve, a doctor has told a judge.

Isaiah Haastrup's father Lanre Haastrup and mother Takesha Thomas Credit: PA

Specialists at King's College Hospital in London say giving further intensive care treatment to Isaiah Haastrup is "futile, burdensome and not in his best interests".

Isaiah's mother, Takesha Thomas, and father Lanre Haastrup, who are both 36 and from London, want treatment to continue.

Isaiah Haastrup with his aunt Dahlia Thomas Credit: PA

A specialist treating Isaiah said the little boy had suffered catastrophic brain damage due to being deprived of oxygen at birth.

He told the judge that Isaiah was in a low level of consciousness, did not respond to stimulation and could not move independently.

"I have seen no significant change in Isaiah's condition," the specialist added. "It is my opinion he will not improve." The specialist said Isaiah was "profoundly disabled".

He said the little boy could not breath independently and that evidence suggested that he was experiencing pain.

Mr Justice MacDonald is hearing evidence at a private trial. The hearing continues.