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New legal dispute between Charlie Gard’s parents, hospital

July 26, 2017

A British court is expected to settle a new legal dispute between Charlie Gard’s parents and the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

On July 24, the parents withdrew their appeal for permission to try experimental treatment for their child after concluding that any realistic chance of successful treatment had passed. They have asked that they be allowed to bring their child home during his final days.

The hospital, however, insists that it is “not practical to provide the level of life-support treatment to Charlie at the couple’s London home,” according to a BBC report, as a ventilator cannot fit through the front door. The hospital seeks to place the infant in a hospice.


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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jul. 27, 2017 11:06 AM ET USA

    Well, if it's not feasible to move the poor kid home without immediately pulling the plug, then it's not. Sometimes medical reality has to take precedence over sentiment.

  • Posted by: balderdash - Jul. 27, 2017 8:53 AM ET USA

    How much 'life support' does a dying person need? And why?

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jul. 27, 2017 1:36 AM ET USA

    Try this: Search on Google Images for "neonatal ventilator" and decide for yourself whether such units "cannot fit through the front door" of most apartments you've seen. Sure looks to me like most of them could! But if you're Great Ormond and you're not terribly interested in making it happen, I'm sure the Gard front door looks very narrow indeed.

  • Posted by: leeanne50 - Jul. 26, 2017 6:35 PM ET USA

    The nanny state gone amok. What level of life support does the hospital think this child needs? What he needs is end of life care. The parents need assistance with that and evidently the hospital is either unwilling or unable to provide it. They should be ashamed of themselves

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jul. 26, 2017 5:45 PM ET USA

    Poor parents. There is nothing peaceful about spending the last days on a ventilator. It's intrusive,and makes holding the child an uncomfortable unnatural maneuver.