May 30, 2024

The drama of little Charlie Gard

We're back! And although the northern hemisphere summer is normally a slow-news season, bioethics has been on the front page of world newspapers.

The drama of the dying British baby Charlie Gard, his loving parents, the doctors at Great Ormond Street hospital in central London, and the English law has captured the imagination of people everywhere.

To be honest, I am not sure whose “side” I should be on. Parents should normally make healthcare decisions for their children.

But there are cases in which their choices are plainly wrong — as a Swedish doctor suggests below in his version of the mysterious resdignation syndrome among refugee children — and the advice of doctors should be heeded.

Which was the case here? We'd love to hear from you. 

Michael Cook
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