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Court rules that Manchester hospital can withdraw life support from baby boy who has brain damage

Midrar has been at the centre of a High Court life-support treatment case Credit: Family handout

A court has ruled that a hospital in Manchester can withdraw life-support treatment from a baby boy who has brain damage.

Midrar Ali’s father Karwan Ali, 35, and mother, Shokhan Ali, 28, wanted specialists at St Mary’s Hospital to continue providing it.

They said four month-old Midrar is growing and should be given more time.

Karwan (left) and Shokhan Ali, the parents of three-month-old Midrar Ali Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

But specialists said Midrar is dead and told the judge overseeing the case that keeping his body connected to a ventilator is not dignified.

Midrar, whose parents live in Manchester, has been receiving life-support treatment in an intensive care unit since shortly after his birth.

Complications during birth led to him being starved of oxygen and suffering brain damage.

Today's ruling follows a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in Preston and Manchester last week.

"I have no doubt that Midrar is brain stem dead and meets the DNC criteria. The medical evidence is both clear and consistent.

"It is perfectly understandable that the parents should cling to hope by pointing to Midrar's movements, including chest movements.

"However, all four consultants who gave evidence said there was an obvious and well-known reason for these movements, namely spinal cord reflexes."

– Mrs Justice Lieven

The judge said the facts of the case were "tragic" and added that "one can only have the greatest sympathy for what the parents are going through".