When ethics, religion and the law clash, there is always going to be heartache and disagreement, and this report is truly devastating for the family involved.
Twin boys aged 14 months have died after their life support was switched off, despite the protests of their parents.
The brothers, who were born with a progressive neurological disorder branded “untreatable and completely incurable”, passed away at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital last week.
While doctors said that prolonging the kids’ lives was “futile and unjustifiable”, their Muslim parents argued to keep them on life support. The unnamed couple claimed that switching off life support before their kids' brains had stopped working was against their faith.
Sadly for the parents, Justice Holman agreed with the doctors and ordered for them to go ahead with the switch-off.
“These boys are merely artificially surviving. Their situation is unquestionably irreversible, and can only deteriorate progressively further…It is in their best interests that nature should now be permitted to take its inevitable course,” said Justice Holman.
This is a tragic case however you look at it, and our hearts go out to the family.