I wrote here two days ago that in the tragic case of Charlie Gard, the 11-month old British baby suffering from a rare form of mitochondrial disease, reason and objectivity were being howled down by emotion.
Since then, it’s got a lot worse.
Charlie’s parents want to take him to America for experimental treatment. Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, which has been caring for him, oppose this on the grounds that the damage to his brain and other vital functions is irreversible, the treatment being proposed is futile and might cause him further suffering, and the ventilator keeping him alive should therefore be switched off.
Although other medical experts agree with the hospital and its position has been upheld by superior English courts and the European Court of Human Rights, the case is now back with the original High Court judge, Mr Justice Francis, with the parents claiming that fresh evidence means he should think again.
Outside the law courts where the case is being heard, demonstrators have been screaming “Stop the murder” of Charlie Gard and “Shame on you GOSH!” The court was told that medical staff treating Charlie have been subjected to “vile abuse” and death threats.
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