Char­lie’s well­be­ing must be prime fac­tor

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - Comment -

The case of Char­lie Gard is truly heart-wrench­ing.

The de­sire of his par­ents to ex­plore ev­ery pos­si­ble av­enue be­fore giv­ing up on their beloved son is en­tirely un­der­stand­able.

Equally easy to com­pre­hend among those not in­ti­mately in­volved is the de­ter­mi­na­tion of med­i­cal ex­perts to give an hon­est ap­praisal of Char­lie’s chances.

UK doc­tors are con­vinced the tot is ter­mi­nally ill and can­not be saved.

How­ever, hope is a pow­er­ful emo­tion and it has car­ried Char­lie’s par­ents over the At­lantic to Amer­ica, where they have found a med­i­cal ex­pert who in­sists treat­ment may be pos­si­ble.

The neu­rol­ogy pro­fes­sor flew to Britain yes­ter­day and meet­ings over the case are due to con­tinue to­day, be­fore the tragic case re­turns to the courts.

The story has made head­lines across the globe, with such lead­ing fig­ures as the Pope and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of­fer­ing words of sup­port.

Doc­tors at Great Ormond Street hospi­tal be­lieve ex­per­i­men­tal “nu­cle­o­side” ther­apy would not im­prove Char­lie’s qual­ity of life, but his par­ents main­tain it could trans­form their son’s prog­no­sis.

It is a deeply trou­bling case but, amid all the le­gal wran­gles and po­ten­tially far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions, all that re­ally mat­ters is that the 10-month-old’s wel­fare re­mains the pri­mary mo­ti­va­tor for all con­cerned.

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