Nova Scotia

Ethics meeting buoys mom fighting for comatose son

A Nova Scotia mother who is fighting to keep her comatose baby alive for a little while longer says she's feeling less anxious after a meeting with an ethical consultation team.
Krista Cook wants to keep her baby son Bryson on a ventilator for a bit longer.

A Nova Scotia mother who is fighting to keep her comatose baby alive for a little while longer says she's feeling less anxious after a meeting with an ethical consultation team.

Krista Cook's son, Bryson, is in a deep coma and has been breathing with the aid of a ventilator since he was born with an injury to his brain on Feb. 1. Bryson was born a month premature at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

Bryson is on a ventilator in the intensive care unit, and the medical team has told her that he will never be able to live without it and recommends removing the tube — a decision Cook maintains should not be made immediately.

"We feel that it's Bryson and God's decision, the outcome," she told CBC News on Wednesday.

"We just want it to be between them and not pressured to make decisions right now. We want to just go day by day."

Bryson Cook has been in a deep coma since his premature birth a month ago.
Cook, who met with the ethics team on Wednesday, said she felt the members listened and understood her concerns about why she feels she needs more time to decide her baby's fate.

The Wedgeport, N.S., woman said her baby is receiving good care at the hospital and said he opened one eye and moved his hand for the first time this week.

"I feel that they're very wise here, they are medical professionals," Cook said.

"We are not disputing that there's damage to my son's brain. What we just want is time to see if his movements do mean anything, I think, for our own peace of mind."

The IWK Health Centre has no time limit on how long a child can stay on a ventilator. The decision is up to the parents and if the hospital wants to challenge the wishes of the parents, the next step is a hearing before the hospital's ethics committee, following by an application to a court.

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