The parents of a gravely ill British baby have lost their legal battle to overturn a court order that allows doctors to refuse her lifesaving treatment. Charlotte Wyatt was born three months prematurely with serious brain, lung and kidney damage. Doctors say she is in continual pain. An October order not to resuscitate her was upheld today at the High Court.
“It would not be in Charlotte’s best interests to die in futile aggressive treatments. The ruling today will ensure that Charlotte continues to receive the highest quality of treatment without causing her suffering to worsen,” explained the hospital spokesman.
The ruling is a blow for Charlotte’s deeply Christian parents who argue their little girl’s condition is improving. That possibility was not lost on the judge as the Wyatt’s lawyer explains: “The judge was clearly concerned about the uncertainty of Charlotte’s future. He ordered the case to be kept under review and allowed Debbie and Darren the possibility to appeal to the court of Appeal”. Charlotte has gained weight and her parents claim she now reacts to human contact. But most specialists believe it is unlikely she will live beyond infancy and that her quality of life is bleak.