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Mother tells of last cuddle with Baby RB.

Summary: Baby RB's mother has told how she cuddled him with his father as they switched off his life support system.

The mother of a severely-disabled little boy known as Baby RB told today how she cuddled him with his father as they switched off his life support system.

The young boy was the subject of an emotionally-charged High Court case after his father challenged doctors who argued that the child's life support should be switched off "in his best interests".

The father later withdrew his objections and the judge agreed he should be allowed to die in peace.

His mother has revealed that the couple cuddled him as they switched off the machine on Friday - the child died shortly afterward.

She said: "I had to let him slip away rather than let him suffer."

Baby RB had a normal brain locked inside an immobile body - he had little control over his limbs and was unable to make facial expressions.

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