Case of critically-ill baby back in court

Glen Mclaughlin
July 13, 2017

But as tends to happen in these circumstances, individual tragedy is susceptible to being hijacked in service of a larger, sometimes misleading, point. He could be my child, or your child, or any one of us. Charlie is at once a dying child and an ideological football.

"The goal of government is to protect innocent human life".

Charlie Gard was born in England eleven months ago with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a condition that leads to weakened muscles, organ dysfunction and other really very bad symptoms.

Charlie suffers from a rare mitochondrial disease, and his parents want to take him to the United States for an experimental treatment. Given Charlie's extensive brain damage, prospects for improvement are beyond remote.

A protest was staged outside Colchester Town Hall to raise awareness of Charlie's struggle and the legal battle his parents are facing. The couple raised approximately €1.2 million ($1.37 million) to take Charlie overseas to receive experimental treatment.

[D] octors and the judiciary have said that, not only is there no hope, but rather than release Charlie to the care of his parents, they have also omnisciently chose to literally hold him hostage - insisting not only that Charlie must die but that he also must be in their "care" when he does. A USA doctor has also proposed treatment for Gard. "We need to stay as far away from this as possible here in the United States as healthcare is reorganized!"

A BBC news crew filming reporter Keith Doyle, who was covering the Charlie Gard case at the High Court, captured the moment a man ran across their shot and into the path of a bus.

Nick Ferrari
ITVHe explained that his brother went on to have a"tremendous life

The courts ruled in favor of the hospital and ordered Charlie's life support to be removed. In such circumstances, "the best interests of the child must prevail and that must apply even to cases where parents, for the best of motives, hold on to some alternative view".

To follow Charlie's story visit Charlie's Army on Facebook. That is what the guardian appointed to represent Charlie concluded, too.

So I find myself ready to argue that these outsiders, the doctors and lawyers, should butt out.

The couple said they "look forward" to the new evidence being presented.

The tragic case has left thousands of well-wishers world wide debating what should be done for Charlie. They did not deem his life not worth living - they recognized the reality that his death is inevitable.

Who will care for Charlie if he does have treatment?

Newly proposed legislation from two Republican members of Congress would grant lawful permanent status in the United States to Charlie Gard and his family, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) wrote in an op-ed published by Fox News on Tuesday.

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