Wednesday January 27, 2010

Baby Isaiah Granted Another Three Weeks for Medical Assessment

By Patrick B. Craine

EDMONTON, Alberta, January 27, 2010 ( – Baby Isaiah May has been granted at least another three weeks of life, after an Alberta provincial court ruled that he should remain on life support until February 19th while lawyers have him assessed by medical experts.

Isaiah was born to Isaac and Rebecka May on October 24th. During a long and arduous labour, Isaiah suffered severe oxygen deprivation because his umbilical was wrapped around his neck. The Mays were flown into Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, where he has been ever since.

The Mays have cared for Isaiah at the hospital, and say they have watched him improve steadily; so they were shocked on January 13th when they received a letter from the hospital saying that he had not improved, and that “there is no hope of recovery for Isaiah.” The letter stated that his ventilator would be removed on January 20th.

The Mays took the hospital and Alberta Health Services to court last Wednesday asking for a 90-day injunction against the hospital’s order.

The case has drawn international attention, with a flood of support for the May family. Their Facebook group, “Prayers for Baby Isaiah James,” has grown to almost 25,000 members, up from less than 5,000 one week ago.