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In the recent journal (BMJ 28th April 2018) Daniel Sokol reports that Mr Justice Hayden remarked that "almost the entirety of Alfie's brain (has) been eroded leaving only water and cerebral spinal fluid". So, although he must have had some brain stem left, because he was able to breathe on his own for several hours after his ventilator was switched off, he could have had no thalamus and no cerebral cortex. Can anyone explain therefore how this unfortunate child could experience pain and suffering?
It is also debatable as to whether he had any interests, let alone best ones, and his condition was untreatable. If the parents were told these things, but still wanted to take him to Italy, then surely they should have been allowed to do so. But, due to the obduracy of the "medical experts", they were not and they were devastated. And as a consequence, the hospital has been vilified, its staff have been horribly slandered and vast sums have been spent involving lawyers and the courts.
It's difficult to make sense of this, common or otherwise.