Doreen Crawford: Charlie Gard case shows recourse to the courts is rarely helpful
The agonising and ethically complex dispute between Charlie Gard’s parents and Great Ormond Street Hospital has attracted huge media attention. But tensions between medical teams and parents of very sick children are relatively common, and often it is nurses at the bedside who try to build bridges
Away from the media spotlight, nurses in neonatal and intensive care units across the UK continue to do their jobs. Difficult ethical cases in these units are more common than people might think. Advances in technology, supportive nutrition and pharmacology have meant that infants and children who would have died can now be supported to survive, sometimes with a questionable quality of life. This can cause some personal disquiet for the...
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