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Posted on March 20, 2017 at 5:00 AM

In contrast to courts in the USA, courts in the UK have provided substantial guidance in medical futility conflicts.  One of the most recent of these cases involves seven-month-old Charlie Gard.  He has a mitochondrial depletion syndrome for which there is no cure.  

Clinicians at Great Ormond Street Hospital determined that continued life-sustaining treatment was inappropriate.  But Charlie’s parents would not consent.  So, clinicians asked the court for permission to stop.  They had both a detailed benefit/burden table and the concurrence of a second hospital. 

The court has given the parents time to try to raise money for a transfer to the United States for an experimental therapy.  

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