9 Things You Should Know about the Charlie Gard Treatment Controversy

9 Things You Should Know about the Charlie Gard Treatment Controversy
Critically ill baby Charlie Gard has been receiving an outpouring of support from people around the world. Republican lawmakers in the U.S. have even offered to introduce legislation that would grant Charlie U.S. resident status. Charlie's case has sparked both support and debate.

The controversy began when the hospital where Charlie has spent his whole life thus far refused to treat him further and appealed to the courts. The courts ruled in favor of the hospital and ordered Charlie’s life support to be removed.

This was completely against the wishes of Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates. Gard and Yates want to keep fighting Charlie’s health battle and were hoping to bring him to the U.S. where doctors have developed a new, experimental treatment for his condition.

Now, a UK judge has ruled that Charlie's parents and their legal team have two days to submit evidence that Charlie should not be taken off life support. Below are nine things you should know about this important case.

Photo courtesy: GoFundMe/Charlie Gard

1. What just happened?

The case of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill infant in England, has raised questions around the world about whether the state has the right to block parental rights to prevent further suffering of a child.

Charlie’s parents sought to bring him to the United States for experimental treatment, but several European courts have blocked their decision and sided with doctors who say that switching to palliative end-of-life care is in the best interest of the child.

 

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