UK judge rules doctors should allow ill baby to die, contrary to parents' wishes

A UK High Court judge ruled Thursday that doctors at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust should not revive eleven-month-old Charlotte Wyatt if she stops breathing because her serious heart and lung problems would adversely affect her quality of life. During a two-day hearing last week, doctors testified that because Charlotte’s lungs were severely damaged she would not survive beyond infancy.

Charlotte was born 11 months ago, only six months into her mother’s pregnancy. She has never left the hospital, has to be supplied constant oxygen, and be fed through a tube. The case has attracted considerable attention in England because it pitted Charlotte's doctors, who wanted to allow her to die, against her parents, who insisted that every step to taken to allow her to live. BBC News has more.

 

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