Brain-damaged baby Isaiah Haastrup dies after doctors withdraw life support

8 March 2018, 06:47

Brain-damaged baby Isaiah Haastrup, who was at the centre of a right-to-live legal battle, has died after his life support was withdrawn by doctors.

The one-year-old's father, Lanre Haastrup, posted images of his son's final moments with his family on social media on Wednesday night.

He wrote: "4 hours independent breathing and counting ... Jesus continue...."

This was followed by another Facebook post, saying: "6 hours".

Around two hours later, Mr Haastrup announced his son had died at 7:50pm, adding: "Thanks for the support."

Isaiah was born at King's College Hospital in London on 18 February 2017 with a severe brain injury after being deprived of oxygen at birth.

Specialists caring for the "profoundly disabled" child argued he was "ventilator-dependent" and in a "low level of consciousness".

They said Isaiah did not respond to stimulation and could not breathe or move independently.

In January, the High Court gave doctors permission to stop treatment, against his parents' wishes.

On Tuesday, judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, upheld that decision and rejected a "last resort" appeal by Mr Haastrup and Isaiah's mother Takesha Thomas.

The couple, both 36, from south London, condemned the ruling, saying judges had "decided to abandon justice" when considering their son's case.

They had argued throughout the legal fight that switching off Isaiah's life support was "not their [judges] decision to make" and that their son was responsive to their love.

Images uploaded by Mr Haastrup showed them cradling, kissing and stroking their son before and after his death.

"Lord!! We thank you for Isaiah's life," wrote Mr Haastrup, who had been banned from visiting his son at the hospital after staff complained about his behaviour.

Hospital bosses lifted the ban last month after Mr Haastrup raised concerns about never seeing Isaiah again.