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The parents of a four-month-old baby with brain damage have lost a legal battle to continue his life support treatment.

Karwan Ali, 35, and Shokhan Namiq, 28, appealed after a high court judge ruled that Midrar Ali was brain stem dead and doctors at St Mary’s hospital in Manchester could withdraw treatment.

On Friday, the court of appeal dismissed the challenge and upheld the earlier ruling. Describing the judgment as “terrible”, the boy’s father said: “They can’t be 100% sure he is dead. He’s still growing. His eyes move. I’ve seen them move.”

Sir Andrew McFarlane, who is president of the family division, Lord Justice Patten and Lady Justice King ruled that Midrar’s parents did not have an arguable case and that medics could legally “cease to mechanically ventilate” the child.

At the high court in Manchester in January, Justice Lieven came to the same conclusion after examining the evidence.

But the family persisted in their battle for treatment to continue, saying that doctors could not be sure Midrar’s condition would not improve, and asked appeal judges to overturn the decision. Read more

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