A Nigerian father Lanre Haastrup, who has been prevented from visiting King’s College hospital, U.K, where his brain damaged son, Isaiah, is being treated, has failed in a legal bid to overturn the ban. .
Isaiah, is on a life support machine, having suffered major brain damage believed to have been caused by oxygen deprivation. His relationship with the hospital deteriorated after medics sought leave to withdraw life support from the infant. .
Haastrup and his partner, Takesha Thomas, want hospital authorities to continue providing support for their son who was born on February 18. .
In a letter to the High Court, the hospital claimed Mr. Haastrup was “verbally abusive,” “physically aggressive” and “created significant risk, anxiety and undue stress not only to Trust staff but also to other acutely unwell children.” .
In a ruling, Mr. Justice Lavender said Haastrup had not addressed (let alone denied) this alleged behaviour in the Claim Form or in his statement.” The Judge concluded Haastrup had not “demonstrated any arguable error of law” on the part of the hospital and refused his appeal. .
Specialists at the King’s College Hospital say giving further intensive care treatment to the seven-month-old is “futile, burdensome and not in his best interests.” Mr. Justice MacDonald is expected to make a ruling on Isaiah’s future, following a trial starting on January 15. 📸: Southwarknews.