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Doctors can withdraw life support from baby with rare genetic disorder, says judge

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1857 (Published 12 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1857
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Doctors at Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London are entitled to withdraw life support from a baby with a rare genetic disorder, against his parents’ strenuous opposition, a High Court judge has ruled.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard raised more than £1.2m (€1.4m; $1.5m) from crowdfunding to take 8 month old Charlie, who has mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, to the US for nucleoside therapy. But Mr Justice Francis held that the treatment would not be in his interests.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts, but with complete conviction . . . …

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