Quebec hospital can remove child’s breathing tube despite parent’s objections: court

a Quebec A Superior Court judge has ruled that a children’s hospital in Montreal can permanently remove a breathing tube from a 5-year-old child who has been in a coma since June.

Sainte-Justine Hospital has sued the child’s parents for refusing to consent to surgery unless the hospital plans to re-intubate the child if things get worse.

According to the hospital, doctors believe the child can breathe on his own and that continued intubation would cause more harm.

But doctors say children should be given end-of-life care in case they can’t breathe without support, according to the hospital.

The boy has been in a coma since June 12 after being found at the bottom of the pool.

The hospital says it will not remove the breathing tube until the parents have had the opportunity to challenge the ruling.

An attorney for the parents said they are considering the decision and have not decided whether to appeal.

canadian press