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Judge rules in case of 2-month-old on artificial support

Juan Lopez Rosales (Source: LMDC) Juan Lopez Rosales (Source: LMDC)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A judge ruled Tuesday to allow a hospital to remove a 2-month-old child from all artificial support.

The order concerning Issac Lopez was petitioned by Norton Healthcare Inc. and Kosair Children’s Hospital.

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In a court document by Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman she stated “the medical findings, test results and opinions by four qualified physicians unequivocally demonstrate that Issac Lopez is legally dead and has been since July 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.”

During a court hearing on July 14, Dr. Aaron Calhoun, who was one of the attending physicians, testified Issac had no functioning brain cells and that he could not be brought back to life.

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Issac’s mother and father took him to a Norton Immediate Care Center, but he was transported from the center to Kosair Children’s Hospital due to the extent of his injuries on June 29. When he arrived at Kosair, he was unresponsive and had a skull fracture, subdural hematoma, oxygen deprivation to his brain, acute respiratory failure, cardiorespiratory arrest, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral edema and rib fracture, according to court documents.

Louisville Metro police questioned Issac’s father, Juan Lopez Rosales, 24, who initially gave no explanation to the injuries. Rosales then said he found the baby on the sofa shaking, with his eyes rolled back in his head. Then he admitted to police that he hit the baby's head on the wall as he left the house, the documents said.

Police arrested Lopez Rosales on June 30 on charges of criminal abuse.

Norton Healthcare spokesman Thomas Johnson released the following statement following Tuesday’s ruling:

"We acknowledge the court's ruling but no one has prevailed in this matter. The death of an innocent child under any circumstance is a tragedy. We can now give Issac the dignity he deserves at the end of his young life by allowing his body to pass naturally."

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