Isaiah May has been in the neonatal intensive care unit since he was transferred to the Stollery Childrens’ Hospital in Edmonton after his birth in October. (Submitted photo via cbc.ca)
An Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench justice has ordered an Edmonton hospital not to remove a ventilator that is keeping a three-month-old infant alive until a court hearing can be held on his medical condition.
Physicians at the Stollery Childrens’ Hospital had planned to take Isaiah May off life support on Wednesday because they believe he has no chance of recovering from brain damage he suffered at birth. But his parents, Rebecka and Isaac May of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., went before a judge on Tuesday seeking a 90-day injunction preventing the hospital from removing the ventilator.
The judge ordered the hospital to maintain the status quo until a full hearing can be held on the baby’s care. The lawyer for the physicians did not object to keeping Isaiah on a ventilator until that hearing takes place.
The lawyers for both sides will appear before Justice Michelle Crighton on Jan. 27 to say whether both sides have agreed on an independent expert to assess the baby’s condition.
This child and his family desperately need our intercession and the intersession of the saints, especially Our Blessed Mother.
Please, in honor of him and in conjunction with the March for Life, let us all pray that this child is given the chance to live and to fulfill the Lord’s will for him.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.