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What Will Charlie Gard's Case Teach Us?

42068852 - dead patient in hospital corridorCommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

The death of 11-month-old Charlie Gard is not the end of the story of this little boy. His short life raised awareness around the world about the shortcomings of the medical system, the importance of parental rights, and why respect for human life must remain the most important factor when determining what is the best treatment for the incurably ill.

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Court Reconsiders Charlie Gard Case Today

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NOTE: Important update at end of article.

A British High Court is reconsidering the case of Charlie Gard, the 11 month-old infant who is dying of a rare mitochondrial syndrome, after researchers at the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu hospital provided additional evidence that new therapies could help the child.

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Pope Intervenes for Parents of Charlie Gard

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In a statement released today, Pope Francis is asking that the desire of the parents of 10 month-old Charlie Gard, who is dying of a rare disease, ans who wish to take him home to die, be permitted to care for their child as they wish until the natural end of his life.

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