Australia Court rules doctors can operate on baby's brain against parents' wishes

06:06  12 july  2018
06:06  12 july  2018 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

A 6-year-old was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Then her little brother was, too.

  A 6-year-old was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Then her little brother was, too. A 6-year-old was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Then her little brother was, too.Duncan and Nohea Avery had been tending to their daughter, Kalea, who was recovering last month from surgery to remove a medulloblastoma when they learned their 4-year-old son had one, too.

An 11-month-old suffering from severe brain damage may have his life support turned off after a British judge ruled Monday in favor of doctors arguing to terminate his care and against the boy' s Isaiah Haastrup: Mum of baby on life support tells High Court judge he 'deserves a chance'.

A JUDGE has today ruled that doctors treating brain -damaged tot Isaiah Haastrup can switch off his life support — despite the desperate pleas of his parents . The High Court ruling means medics could end the 11-month-old' s care at King’ s College Hospital, south London, within days.

The Supreme Court rules doctors can perform brain surgery on baby in a bid to reduce or prevent his seizures.© File The Supreme Court rules doctors can perform brain surgery on baby in a bid to reduce or prevent his seizures. A baby suffering from a severe form of epilepsy will undergo brain surgery in a bid to stop his seizures, after the Supreme Court ruled it was in the child’s best interests.

The boy, known as “baby K”, was born with a brain abnormality that causes him to have frequent and serious convulsions.

He has had alternative treatments including cannabis oil and a ketogenic diet, as well as conventional medical treatments such as anticonvulsive drugs, some of which have had serious side-effects and effectively sedated him.

Doctors trying to solve family's stunning medical mystery

  Doctors trying to solve family's stunning medical mystery Two California siblings, four and six years old, are battling the same kind of brain tumorAround Memorial Day, six-year-old Kalea Avery started experiencing severe headaches and vomiting. After repeated trips to the emergency room, an MRI revealed a tumor.

Doctors argued that the eight-month-old baby ' s brain damage is irreversible. A High Court judge has given doctors in the UK permission to withdraw the life support of a baby boy – against the wishes of his parents .

Doctors can withdraw life support for an 11-month-old boy against the wishes of his parents , a judge has ruled . Specialists at King’ s College hospital in London had argued that giving further intensive care treatment to Isaiah Haastrup was “futile” Hospital harmed my brain -damaged baby , father tells court .

The child’s social worker told the court he had also received traditional remedies from his parents’ home country, including treatment with holy water, prayers by a monk and traditional ceremonies in which smoke has been administered to him at the parents’ request.

But the court found all the treatments had been “ineffective”, resulting in numerous admissions into the paediatric intensive care unit.

Baby K’s seizures are felt only on the left side of his brain, but as time has gone on, the seizures have begun to affect the other “good” side of his brain, the court heard.

His doctors told the court they were of the “firm opinion” that the only way to preserve his brain and give him the best chance of a future life was to perform a functional hemispherectomy.

US cannot reunite dozens of child migrants

  US cannot reunite dozens of child migrants Twelve children's parents have already been deported, while others falsely claimed to be the parents.Twelve other children's mothers or fathers have already been deported from the US, said the government.

Doctors can withdraw life support from a baby with a rare genetic condition against his parents ’ wishes , a high court judge has ruled . But medical staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London said it was kinder for the brain damaged eight-month-old to be given end-of-life care.

Doctors can withdraw life-support treatment from a sick baby boy against his parents ’ wishes , a high court judge has ruled . Doctors treating the infant say he has brain damage and should be moved on to a palliative care regime.

They described it as a “serious operation” that would involve disconnecting the two sides of his brain to preserve the intact “good” side, with the aim of preventing or reducing the child’s constant seizures.

K's parents refused to consent to the operation so the matter ended up in court.

"That is not because they do not love their baby – they clearly do – but because they retain hope that traditional remedies might provide what might be described as a miracle cure. This is in accordance with their sincerely held religious and cultural beliefs,'' the judgement stated.

In her ruling, Justice Roslyn Atkinson said she had “thought long and hard about it” because it was not the parents’ preference.

“He is their child, and it is they who will be bringing him up," she said.

"It is they who will be with him before the operation and be with him while he recuperates and once he is discharged from hospital.

“But I am satisfied that the operation is in his best interests, and … that their love for their child and involvement in his physical, emotional and spiritual development will stay with him through the days and weeks, months and years to come.”

Justice Atkinson authorised the boy’s medical team to perform the procedure and to undertake any necessary care and intervention including a pre-operative MRI, blood transfusions and the placement of a shunt in the event he develops hydrocephalus after surgery.

Kim Kardashian Explains Why She Turns To Younger Sister Kylie Jenner For Parenting Advice .
In a new interview, Kim Kardashian explained why she turns to sister Kylie Jenner for parenting advice, and how having children has brought all of her siblings togther.It's a busy, busy time in the lives of the Kardashian family, with three new bundles of joy brought into the world in this year alone. Given that three of the sisters all had babies around the same time, it is no surprise that they all turn to one another to discuss their parenting methods and share advice.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!