Baby Isaiah May passed away Thursday after being taken off life-support, ending a three-month, high-profile effort to prolong his life. A lawyer representing the family confirmed the news of the infant’s passing to media Thursday afternoon.“Isaiah James May passed away at 12:11 this afternoon. He was in the arms of his parents,” said Rosanna Saccomani. Rebecka and Isaac May issued a statement saying, “All along it was our hope that his condition would brighten and improve, it has not.” They went on to say, “Isaiah has been a blessing to us and his spirit will always be in our hearts.We have set our tiny miracle free and he is now in the arms of angels.” Earlier in the day, Alberta Health Services and the May family confirmed that a scheduled appearance in court Thursday morning to determine ongoing care for the infant would not proceed. A Court of Queen’s Bench judge was expected to bring down a decision Thursday morning on whether or not to extend the life support for Isaiah. A report from a medical expert was expected to be brought forward. The May family had been in a battle with Alberta Health Services to keep their son on a ventilator. Alberta Health Services issued this statement Thursday afternoon: “Understandably this is an extremely emotional time and it is important to be respectful of the May family’s need for privacy given the difficult decision they have made. All Alberta Health Services’ physicians and staff who have been involved in caring for Baby Isaiah were touched by the May family’s strength. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family. At this time we would ask that the family’s request for privacy be respected.” 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. 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 neonatal intensive care unit at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Please do not be disheartened by this news but allow us to continue to pray for Isaiah’s parents and all who were involved that his short time on earth and the love of his parents serve as a reminder that life is sacred.
Absolve, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
the soul of Thy servant Isaiah James May,
from every bond of sin,
that being raised in the glory of the resurrection,
he may be refreshed among the Saints and Elect.
Through Christ our Lord.
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.