The life of little Charlie is in the doctors’ not his parents’ handsby Annalisa Lista - 2017.06.29
Parental consensus is not necessary for physicians to pull the plug on gravely ill newborns. This historic sentence was recently passed down by the European Court of Human Rights, who had been presented with the case of little Charlie Guard. A British baby, having computed almost one year of life, who was hospitalized for months at Great Hormond Street Hospital of London, due to an extremely rare genetic illness, syndrome of mitochondrial decay. An illness, that according to the experts, left no hope of survival. The Supreme Judges definitively authorized the physicians across The Channel to make all decisions regarding the suspension of therapies, because they (the judges) deemed the existing medical treatment useless and unnecessarily prolonging the life of the terminally ill patient. A sentence in contrast to the wishes of the mother and father, who had wanted to take their son to the U.S. for a last attempt.
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