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Father of brain-damaged baby Midrar Ali calls for inquest into his son's death

The father of a brain-damaged baby who was at the centre of a life-support treatment fight says he wants a coroner to investigate.

Earlier this year, judges concluded that Midrar Ali was brain-stem dead and ruled that doctors could lawfully stop providing life-support treatment.

Karwan Ali says his son has now been disconnected from a ventilator. He said he hoped that a coroner would oversee an inquest.

Mr Ali, and Midrar's mother, Shokhan Namiq, who live in Manchester, lost fights in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Earlier this year, judges concluded that Midrar Ali was brain-stem dead and ruled that doctors could lawfully stop providing life-support treatment

They wanted doctors to keep providing life-support treatment.

But a High Court judge and three appeal judges ruled against them after concluding that Midrar had died in October, when he would have been 14 days old.

'Midrar has now been disconnected from the machine,' said Mr Ali on Wednesday.

'We are not happy about what happened.

'I want a coroner to have an inquest and investigate.'

Karwan (left) and Shokhan Ali, the parents of three-month-old Midrar Ali

Judges heard how Midrar was born on September 18.

They were told that he had been starved of oxygen, due to complications at birth, had suffered brain damage and been placed on a ventilator.

Bosses at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester had asked a High Court judge to rule that ventilation could lawfully be withdrawn.

Lawyers representing the hospital's governing trust, the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said three tests had confirmed brain stem death.