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NHS agrees to fund baby’s heart surgery in US

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 10 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3856
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

NHS England has agreed to pay for a baby to be sent to the United States for surgery to remove a cardiac fibroma, saying that the United Kingdom did not have a surgical service with the relevant experience.

The decision came in the wake of the lengthy legal battle over the baby Charlie Gard. The High Court refused permission for the terminally ill child to leave London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children for …

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