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Charlie Gard Case Now at European Court of Human Rights

Charlie Gard has been in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital since October 2016. Clinicians there determined that it was in Charlie’s best interest to stop life-prolonging measures. His parents did not agree. They want him to undergo an experimental trial in the US.


Charlie’s parents litigated and lost at each of three levels of courts in the United Kingdom.  The courts sided with GOSH clinicians who believe Charlie has no chance of survival.  In the UK, as in the US, parents are not entitled to insist on treatment which is not in their child’s best interests.


Still, the case continues.  Charlie’s parents have now appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.  The ECHR issued a stay, ruling that Charlie should receive treatment while they review the case. (Telegraph)

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