The High Court has been asked by the HSE for an order not to resuscitate a terminally ill eight-month-old baby girl.
The girl’s mother who says her daughter is “a gift from God” is challenging the HSE’s decision.
The court was told that the baby girl has the genetic disordermitochondrial depletion syndrome.
It is understood that there is no known treatment and no child in Ireland has ever survived it.
Lawyers for the HSE, have said that the girl suffers from epileptic seizures, bilateral deafness, is visually impaired, has unsafe swallowing and poor respiration.
The HSE are asking for an order allowing doctors not to resuscitate or ventilate the eight-month-old girl.
However, the child’s mother argues her daughter is a “miracle” and “a gift from God”.
She said that she will not let her baby suffer but she wants the right to decide when her life must end.
High Court president Nicholas Kearns has put the case back until next month. He has ordered that an independent medical review be carried out before he decides whether to grant the order.