Surrounded by family, a brain-injured baby died in the arms of his loving parents in an Edmonton hospital after they had spent months trying everything in their power to keep him alive.

Rebecka and Isaac May went to court in January to prevent doctors from unhooking their son Isaiah from a ventilator until they could get a second independent medical opinion. When those experts told them there was no hope their boy would recover, they made a decision no parent should ever face.

The five-month-old boy died shortly after noon Thursday, only hours after his young parents were to appear in court again about the independent medical review of his condition. The hearing was cancelled.

“We have set our tiny miracle free and he is now home in the arms of angels,” the parents said in a statement read by their lawyer.

Isaiah was born with severe brain damage after his umbilical cord got wrapped around his throat, which deprived him of oxygen.

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