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Thread #162443   Message #3866036
Posted By: Senoufou
14-Jul-17 - 09:05 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Very Sad Case Of Charlie Gard
Subject: BS: The Very Sad Case Of Charlie Gard
I expect people have been following this case now for several weeks. It concerns a young baby born with an extremely rare genetic condition called mitochondrial disease, which has caused untold damage to his brain. He is now on a ventilator, is blind, deaf, cannot move and (say the Great Ormond Street Hospital consultants) possibly suffering pain.
His poor parents are at their wits' end after a Court ruling that agreed the life-support should be switched off and his care changed to 'palliative only'.

Justice Nicholas Francis had the unenviable task yesterday of hearing an Appeal, which considered the claims of a USA doctor who thinks he may be able to improve the child's condition.

I can't comment on the case one way or another, not being a Consultant Paediatrician, but what I do feel is absolute disgust at the dreadful media circus which has sprung up both online and outside the hospital itself.
People are baying and waving placards, accusing the staff of being 'murderers', calling themselves 'Charlie's Army' and posting unspeakable threats and vituperative spite on various social media sites.
I can't imagine how the parents are coping with this dire situation.
Anyone any thoughts about it?