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Still fighting

07 July 2017


A banner out­side Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), London, where ten-month-old Charlie Gard, who is at the centre of a life-support- treatment battle, has been cared for since October. He suffers from a rare ter­minal genetic disease that affects the brain, muscles, and breathing. His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, lost their appeals against the High Court, which ruled in April that withdrawing ventilation and providing palliative care instead of experimental treatment was in Charlie’s best interests. Both the Vatican, which has offered to take over care of Charlie in its children’s hospital in Rome, and President Trump, who offered to pay for experimental treatment in the US, this week, have been criticised by Lord Winston for their “extremely unhelpful and very cruel” interventions. GOSH has said that Charlie cannot be moved for legal reasons.

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