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Khayla Reno: canberra hospital to turn off life support for unborn baby

Two weeks ago, Khayla Reno, who was 19 weeks pregnant, was on her way to visit family near the NSW regional town of Tumut when she collided with a truck.

Her 10-year-old daughter, Erica died in the crash while her four-year-old daughter Violet is still fighting for her life in Westmead Children’s hospital.

The 29-year-old pregnant mum was placed on life support Canberra Hospital with severe brain injuries.

The father of the unborn baby, Jamie Millard – who has been in a relationship with Khayla for 18 months now – rushed to be by his partners bedside.

“It was terrible. I stayed with her for two days straight,” he said in an affidavit filed in court last week, the Canberra Star reported.

Which was when he was delivered even further devastating news – hospital staff informed him he would be pulling turning off on Khayla’s life support, ultimately leaving their unborn child with no chance of survival.

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“I want to do everything I can to keep both Khayla and our baby alive”

He said when the horrific news was delivered in front of his brain dead partner – he “looked at Khayla and could see tears coming down her face”.

Jamie described the doctors as “rude” and “disrespectful” in court documents.

“I want to do everything I can to keep both Khayla and our baby alive,” he said.

Legal action taken to have the ACT Supreme Court stop the move was rejected on Thursday.

The court ruled in favour of Khayla’s other family members, who say she would have wanted her organs donated.

“Last night the hospital rang me to tell me they will turn off life support this afternoon (Thursday),” Jamie said before the heartbreaking final visit.

“My unborn baby is now on death row. I cannot do anything to stop the hospital committing this crime against this poor defenceless baby.

“I now go to my final one-hour visit feeling like a condemned man proceeding to an execution.”

The family said the “would have done anything” to save Khayla and her unborn baby, “however, this was just not medically possible”.

Mr Millard said Erica and seriously Violet had both hoped for a baby brother, who they had nicknamed him “baby Jimmy”.

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