Baby M


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A female infant born in mid-1980s in New Jersey by a surrogate mother contract; at the time of birth, the gestational/natural mother reneged on the contract, and the ensuing court battle became a cause célèbre on the issue of surrogate parenthood
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In a landmark decision, Mr Justice Holman ordered medics not to take the paralysed 18-month-old - known as Baby M - off a ventilator because he still has pleasures and emotions.
Baby M, from the north, suffers from the severest form of spinal muscular atrophy and is not expected to live another year.
The hospital said: "The trust is considering the details and how best to care for Baby M in the light of this decision.
Death Without Dignity for Commercial Surrogacy: The Case of Baby M
The decision in Baby M will set the legal agenda for future discussion of surrogate motherhood.
If the judge agrees with the doctors, Baby M will die within minutes of his breathing tube being removed.
But whatever the court decides in the coming weeks, Ruth believes the parents of Baby M must continue their fight.
But the consultant caring for 17-month-old Baby M will argue that the little boy, incurably sick with spinal muscular atrophy, should be allowed to die "with dignity".
He told the High Court that Baby M, who has incurable spinal muscular atrophy, would die within minutes of being disconnected from the machine.
The court heard Baby M, from the North of England, is severely paralysed and cannot breathe unaided.
He told the High Court that Baby M, who suffers from incurable spinal muscular atrophy, would die within minutes of being disconnected from the machine.
The court heard that baby M, from the North of England, was severely paralysed and could not breathe unaided.