Parents don’t always know best

The ‘serious legal issues’ raised in Charlie Gard’s case have long been acknowledged and there is already a settled process in place, writes Jean-Yves Gilg

26 May 2017

Most parents in the same circumstances as Connie Yates and Chris Gard would likely have been tempted to do the same as them. When doctors told them their newborn son Charlie had an incurable condition and that life support should be turned off, they refused the verdict and fought on.

Their battle first took them to the High Court. They lost. In a detailed and compassionate judgment, Mr Justice Francis explained why he believed the doctors were right when they recommended that their decision was in Charlie’s best interests.

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