Whose Baby Is Charlie Gard, Anyway?
he time has come for your baby to die,” a doctor told the grieving parents of a catastrophically ill baby. No, this wasn’t the ongoing Charlie Gard case—so prominent in the news today—in which United Kingdom doctors and judges have told Charlie’s parents that their son’s life support
no matter what they want
. (Charlie has a rare terminal mitochondrial disorder.) Rather, that blunt declaration was uttered in 1994 in Spokane, by a doctor to the parents of
, who—born at just twenty-three-weeks gestation—was on kidney dialysis and struggling for his life.