05 July 2017, The Tablet

Rights of parents must be recognised


 

There is a widespread and almost visceral feeling at home and abroad that the law made a gross mistake in the tragic case of Charlie Gard. Eleven months ago, Charlie was born with a rare genetic condition, mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which was deemed incurable although there was one specialist in America who claimed the progressive disease could be treated. It meant a child like Charlie could not see, hear, cry or swallow, and needed help to breathe.

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