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The Charlie Gard Case: Parental Right to Choose vs Doctors’ Duty of Care

The Charlie Gard Case: Parental Right to Choose vs Doctors’ Duty of Care

In the first half of 2017 judges in the UK grappled with a case that became worldwide news. Charlie Gard had been born with a rare genetic disorder which caused dysfunction in several organs, leaving Charlie unable to move or breathe unaided. His chances of living past his first birthday were placed at virtually nil. Charlie’s doctors wanted to treat him palliatively only; however his parents wanted him to undergo experimental treatment. As is usual in these rare cases of disagreement the parties went to court to seek a resolution. The judges had to then decide what was in Charlie’s best interests: to undergo relatively painless but probably ineffective treatment, or let him die.
This presentation will examine this case, and discuss it within a wider context of other best interest cases that judges have decided upon for those who are permanently incompetent in New Zealand and similar jurisdictions.

Date Thursday, 12 October 2017
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentGeneral Practice and Rural Health (DSM)

Room 153, Dept. of General Practice & Rural Health, 55 Hanover Street, Dunedin

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