Lanre Haastrup, who was banned from visiting his brain damaged son, Isaiah, at King’s College hospital, U.K, has failed in a legal bid to overturn the ban.
Isaiah, is currently on a life support machine, after he suffered major brain damage believed to have been caused by oxygen deprivation. The hospital is now seeking to withdraw life support from the infant.
However Haastrup and his partner, Takesha Thomas, want hospital authorities to continue providing support for their son who was born on February 18. .
The hospital via a letter to the High Court, 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.