Mother of right-to-life row baby is pregnant
7th November 2010
The mother of Baby RB, who died after a right-to-life court battle, has told of her delight at expecting another child.
Twelve months after her son had his life-support system switched off, his mother has revealed she is six months pregnant with a healthy boy.
‘Being pregnant again has made me happy but it is scary and bittersweet,’ said the shop manager, 25, from Somerset.
She had backed doctors who wanted to let year-old RB die. He had congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS), which affects nerve signals to muscles and stops victims breathing or moving.
The case went to the High Court because RB’s father argued that a procedure to allow his son to breathe through his windpipe could extend his life.
But in emotional scenes in court, the father finally accepted RB’s condition could not improve.
The couple, who had by then separated, sat by his side as he was allowed to die.
The mother is now pregnant by her new partner.
There is no check for CMS but other tests show she has a healthy baby.
‘I’m not sure I could cope if the same thing happened again,’ she said.
‘But this baby has been kicking lots, much more than last time, which is a good sign.’