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Ruling on sick baby after Easter
Charlotte Wyatt
Charlotte was born with brain, lung and kidney damage
A High Court judgement on whether a severely brain damaged and premature baby should be kept alive will be made after the Easter break.

For two days the court has heard from medical experts about 17-month-old Charlotte Wyatt's condition.

Her parents want to overturn an earlier order which gave doctors the legal right not to resuscitate Charlotte as she felt only "continuing pain".

Her father Darren, of Portsmouth, left the court saying the hospital had lied.

You can't judge a child's life
Darren Wyatt, Charlotte's father

His outburst came as David Wolfe, the family's lawyer, made his closing speech.

Mr Wyatt shouted: "The hospital is telling lies, we have got it on film. Why will no-one accept the truth?

"You can't judge a child's life."

Following the interruption, Mr Wolfe said: "If you focus on the question that whether the life for which Charlotte would be saved (if she was put on ventilation) would be intolerable, there is a great deal of uncertainty."

He added that not one of the expert witnesses had "agreed that Charlotte's life is 'presently intolerable'".

'Continuing pain'

Charlotte was born three months premature at St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth, in October 2003, with serious brain, lung and kidney damage.

A paediatrician, referred to in court as Dr C, told the hearing on Tuesday morning that the potential for improvement in Charlotte's condition was very limited.

She said: "There has been no brain growth which is a clear marker of very profound impairment."

Mr Justice Hedley said that in order to give the matter due consideration he would not give judgment until 21 April.




SEE ALSO:
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14 Mar 05 |  Hampshire
Baby Charlotte bid rejected again
09 Feb 05 |  Hampshire
Court rejects baby Charlotte plea
28 Jan 05 |  Hampshire
Judge rules on right to life baby
17 Dec 04 |  Hampshire
Q&A: The Charlotte Wyatt case
08 Oct 04 |  Health


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