Baby RB, the one-year-old boy at the centre of a high profile right-to-life case, will be allowed to die after the child's father withdrew his opposition to the mother's High Court plea for the child's life support machine to be turned off..... ....The baby was born with a rare neuromuscular disorder which prevents him from moving his limbs or breathing unaided. ....His mother, Miss KM, agreed with doctors that his quality of life was so poor that he should be allowed to die, but his father, Mr RB, wanted everything possible to be done to keep him alive. ....The couple, who separated amicably, had asked the High Court to make the decision over whether the baby should be kept alive. ....But today the father unexpectedly withdrew his opposition, meaning the ventilator keeping the baby alive will now be switched off. ....Mr Justice McFarlane said it was a "sad but in my view inevitable outcome". ....It was the "only tenable one for RB". ....As the judge summarised the tragic case, both parents wept and the mother at one point left the court in tears but returned to hear his tribute to them and the doctors and nurses caring for their son. ....The hospital authority had sought a court order allowing RB to die with dignity rather than continuing to live what doctors described as a "miserable and pitiful" existence. ..
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