Charlie Gard: How Did Things Go Wrong?
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Purpose of Review
We examine the discussions generated to date by the Charlie Gard case, as well as the events of the case itself, in order to examine lessons for providers dealing with similar situations in the future.
Publications regarding the Gard case are relatively few and focus primarily on the ethical and legal issues that arise when involving the court system in complex medical decision-making and potential limits to parental authority. Some publications have also addressed the subject of experimental therapies, especially from the perspective of potential harms, suffering, and cost.
We suggest early introduction of palliative care and careful attention to communication might reduce conflict and improve satisfaction for all involved parties. Likewise, we suggest limiting court system to truly extraordinary circumstances; all efforts should be made to avoid legal action and to honor and respect parental authority.
KeywordsPalliative care Parental authority Best interest Harm Communication
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent
This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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- 2.High Court of Justice Family Division. Great Ormond Street Hospital v. Constance Yates and Chris Gard  EWHC 972 (FAM). Case No. FD17P00103.Google Scholar