The parents of a
brain-damaged baby will be back in court March 11 in an effort to keep
their infant alive. Isaiah May was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alta.,
“There hasn’t been very many improvements the last few
weeks,” said Isaiah’s father Isaac May. “But he is still growing. He’s
over 12 pounds.”
A lawyer for the family updated Judge Michelle Crighton
Friday morning, in a case that has pitted the parents against the
doctors at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Last month, doctors wanted to take Isaiah, who is four
months old, off life support. Isaiah is severely brain damaged after
being deprived of oxygen at birth. But his parents won a court order
preventing doctors from removing life support until he is assessed by
outside specialists to see if his condition will improve.
“It’s very hard emotionally, physically, everything. It’s
not easy,” said Rebecka May, Isaiah’s mother. “Unfortunately that’s
what we’ve had to do in order to give Isaiah time.”
heard Friday that a neonatologist from Victoria is assessing the infant
and plans to return to B.C. to write his report.
The family is also searching for a pediatric neurologist,
possibly from New York or Baltimore, to examine their son. It’s not
clear if the assessments will be paid for by Alberta Health Services.
The lawyer for the Mays said the family doesn’t want to talk
about the assessments right now.
“We’re not expecting miracles here,” said Rosanna Saccomani.
“We’re just asking for the family to have some answers they desperately
Online support for the Mays continues to grow. A Facebook
site with Isaiah May’s picture and story now has thousands of members
from across North America and around the world.
(I found it browsing the Catholic Answers Forums) back in
January (Emergency: Prayers Needed for
3-month-old Baby Isaiah) and thanks to all of
the payer warriors out there Baby Isaiah will remain on life support
for the time being. According to CBC, the judge is awaiting for
“outside” assessments on Isaiah’s condition. According to a report at LifeSiteNews.com, the director of
the Cardiac Sciences Program of St. Boniface General Hospital’s ICU
stated in an editorial that “Although the issue before the court is the
degree of brain injury incurred by Isaiah, I realize that it is
Isaiah’s status as a human being that is on trial.” This is a very serious situation for Isaiah and his family, not to
mention that the court’s decision could set a precedent and affect on
families who may find themselves in a similar situation in the future. So again, I that we direct our prayer intentions towards Baby Isaiah
and his family. Let us not only pray for him but also ask our family in
heaven to intercede for this child.