Charlie Gard case decided on basis of evidence, not social media opinions, says judge

US doctor gave evidence without examining Charlie and had a commercial interest in the proposed treatment, hospital says

25 Jul 2017

The Charlie Gard decision could only be reached on the basis of medical evidence, not opinions expressed on social media, the judge in charge of the case said in his final ruling.

Mr Justice Francis first heard the case in April. He ruled then that the terminally ill 11-month-old baby, who has been on life support at Great Ormond Street Hospital for most of his short life, should be given palliative care only and allowed to die with dignity. This was in the child’s “best interests”, he said.

The decision was upheld by the

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