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Baby Isaiah Facebook group disappears
Sonia Sunger, ctvedmonton.ca
Published Sunday, January 31, 2010 5:07PM MST
How does a Facebook group with 30,000 members suddenly disappear? That's the question some are trying to answer after their Facebook group supporting a local family's decision to keep their infant on life support vanished.
The creator of the Prayers for Baby Isaiah James Facebook group says when she logged onto the site Friday she couldn't find any trace of the group which had over 30,000 members. Tesa Leeder says she fears someone may have hacked in and deleted the group.
"I think anything is possible," said Leeder, the group creator. "I really want to know what happened. I'm hoping Facebook will provide us with that information because we really don't know."
A second Facebook group has been created while the investigation continues into what happened to the first group. Facebook officials have been contacted by CTV News, but have not yet responded to questions about the missing group.
Leeder created the group to support parents Isaac and Rebecka May in their quest to keep their son Isaiah James May on life support at the Stollery Children's Hospital. Isaiah was born in the Rocky Mountain House Hospital in October after suffering severe oxygen deprivation during an intense 40-hour delivery.
He was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton where he has remained on a ventilator in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit ever since.
A letter sent to the parents by Alberta Health Services on Jan. 13th 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.
However on Wednesday a judge ruled that baby Isaiah will be allowed to stay on life support at the Stollery Children's Hospital for a few more weeks while lawyers seek medical experts to assess the infant's condition.
With files from Scott Roberts