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Green Templeton College | Oxford


On Sunday 18 June, Dr Charles Foster, Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, member of the Oxford Law Faculty, and specialist in medical law and ethics, appeared on the BBC 1 Live TV programme Sunday Morning Live.

On the programme he discussed the case of Charlie Gard, the 10 month old child with a mitochondrial depletion syndrome who is maintained on artificial ventilation. Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie has been treated, has concluded that it is not in his best interests to receive any further treatment other than palliative care. His parents want to take him to the US for treatment with nucleotide drugs. The English courts have concluded that this would not be in his best interests. A novel legal argument (to the effect that the parents' wishes in relation to their child's care should be definitive unless to put those wishes into effect would cause the child significant harm) was rejected by the English courts. You can see Dr Foster's appearance on the programme here.