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Father gives up court battle to keep baby alive

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Father agrees to allow months-old baby born with rare genetic disorder to die
  • Father had been waging court battle against baby's mother, hospital
  • Condition means child cannot breathe on his own

LONDON, England (CNN) -- The father of a baby born with a severe birth defect has agreed to let the child die, ending a court battle against the baby's mother, a lawyer for the hospital taking care of the baby told CNN Tuesday.

The baby's father had been fighting the mother and the hospital in London's High Court.

The child -- identified only as Baby RB -- is about a year old and suffers from congenital myasthenic syndrome, a rare genetic condition which means he cannot breathe on his own.