As the Charlie Gard case shows, good medicine requires doctors who communicate
One feels deep sympathy for the parents of young Charlie Gard, whose case has been reported in this magazine. Mr Justice Francis has ruled in the High Court that it is in the best interests of the eight-month-old child to remove life support, contrary to his parents’ wishes.
Charlie has mitochondrial depletion syndrome which causes progressive muscle weakness. From now on he will receive palliative care only.
On initial reading of the case, it seems that the court has condemned Charlie to death. But the decision in fact may be the right one to make. It is absolutely true, of course,