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Court case for baby Isaiah put over, infant to stay on life-support
Melissa Dominelli, ctvedmonton.ca
Published Friday, February 19, 2010 1:19PM MST
The May family headed back to court Friday as they continue to battle Alberta Health Services (AHS) to keep their son, Isaiah James May, on life-support. A judge decided to give the parents of the infant more time to assemble medical experts to review their son's condition.
Rebecka and Isaac May have continued to argue their son continues to make improvements. A letter sent to the parents by Alberta Health Services in Jan. stated that the boy's doctors believed all medical procedures had been exhausted. They informed the parents that the boy will never recover from a severe lack of oxygen at birth.
The family's lawyer told the court neonatologist Dr. Richard Taylor from Victoria General Hospital will be assessing the baby's condition Friday. Two other doctors are also being consulted to participate in assessments, including a specialist from the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, who is said to be intrigued by unusual medical cases.
Isaiah was born in the Rocky Mountain House Hospital after a difficult 40-hour delivery. On Oct. 24th, the boy was airlifted to hospital and admitted for treatment. The boy was then placed on a ventilator in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
Rebecka said medical staff informed the family that "Isaiah would not grow." But the family maintains hope that their little boy will see improvements.
"He's doing very well, there hasn't been very many improvements over the past few weeks but he's still growing. He's over 12 pounds and he just looks like a perfect little boy," said Isaiah's father Isaac May.
The case has been put over until March 11, and Alberta Health Services has agreed to the the new date to return to court with more information on the baby's prognosis.
The family has received an outpouring of support from people across the country. Currently, more than 30,000 people have joined a Facebook group supporting the parent's continued efforts to keep their son on life-support.
With files from David Ewasuk