Judge Gives Infant on Life Support More Time

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An infant on life support in Alberta, Canada, was granted more time, Friday, after a judge put the case of Baby Isaiah May on hold until March 11.

At the Feb. 19 hearing, the Canadian judge gave little Isaiah's parents more time to line up medical experts to determine if their son should be unhooked from life support.

The infant was born last October with brain damage after his umbilical cord got wrapped around his throat, depriving him of oxygen.

Doctors had planned to disconnect Isaiah from a ventilator in January, saying he has no chance of recovery. However, parents Rebecka and Isaac May say their son continues to make improvements.

A Canadian neonatologist has agreed to examine the boy, but just recently started reviewing the file. Two other doctors are also being consulted, including a specialist from John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

A family friend of the Mays told CBN News that Isaiah's life is at stake because of Canada's government-run health care system.

"Ultimately, I think it comes down to resources. This is my understanding, based on my research," Barbara Farlow said. "The government determines how many bed spaces will be available in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). And from there, decisions have to be made."

Farlow said her infant daughter, Annie, was a victim of Canada's health care system. She said that she and her husband were misinformed and deceived by doctors, who she claims, were not interested in trying to keep Annie alive.

Isaiah's parents said they will continue to fight doctors who they claim are rationing health care and deciding who should live.

More than 30,000 people have joined a Facebook group supporting the Mays in their efforts to keep Isaiah alive.

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