Parents to appeal after judge rules hospital should not 'artificially prolong' toddler's life

Guy's Hospital said medics would continue to provide the best possible care Credit: Picture: PA

The parents of a profoundly disabled two-year-old are to launch an appeal after a high court judge ruled that their son's life should not be 'artificially prolonged'.

Guys and St Thomas's NHS Trust, who have responsibility for the boy's care, had asked high court judge Mrs Justice Parker to make a decision on the boy's care. She ruled that the young patient could be moved into palliative care.

Medical staff said further medical interventions would be too distressing or burdensome and have no therapeutic benefit.

The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is described as having a profound neurological disability. Medics said that the condition was unidentified and deteriorating.

Nurses said he had stopped smiling and he grimaced when he was tickled but no longer giggled.

The parents insist that all treatments should continue to be made available and said the ruling effectively 'condemns their son to death'.

Their solicitor Kavi Mayor said they expected to go to the appeal court in London soon.