The parents of a one-year-old boy called Baby RB have approached the High Court to decide if the boy should live. Baby RB is suffering from a rare neuromuscular condition and one parent feels the boy should die, while the other disputes this.
The mother's contention is that the boy must be taken off the ventilator. This is backed by doctors, but the father feels his son can live decently with proper care.
"This is a tragic situation. The mother and father are not at war over their son's future. They remain amicable and are interested only in RB's welfare," said Chris Cuddihee, a solicitor from Kaim Todner law firm in London, who is representing the father. "However, the father feels very strongly that Baby RB has a quality of life that demands the trust should continue to provide life-sustaining treatment."
Lawyers for the father also contend that the boy is able to hear and feel and that he enjoys music.