French court orders hospital to continue baby's treatment

AP News
Posted: Mar 08, 2017 10:08 AM

PARIS (AP) — A French court has ordered a hospital to continue life-prolonging treatment for a baby girl who has been in a medically induced coma for months after suffering what doctors say is "irreversible" neurological damage.

The Council of State Wednesday ruled in favor of the parents, who appealed against a decision by a medical team in the southern city of Marseille to switch off life-support to 16-month-old Marwa Bouchenafa.

The girl's limbs and face are paralyzed, and a machine keeps her breathing. Doctors say her state of consciousness is "probably strongly altered."

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The court ruled that there is uncertainty about the development of her state of consciousness, which it said has recently shown signs of improvement.

A petition "Never without Marwa" has already collected nearly 300,000 signatures.