HomeInternational Journal on Social Innovation & Researchvol. 8 no. 1 (2017)

Revisiting Parental Right and Medical and Judicial Paternalism: The Charles Gard Dilemma¹

Marlon Patrick P. Lofredo



The case of Charles Gard (also known as Charlie), caused an uproar among advocates of the sanctity of life and right to life and at the same time a tension between the law and medical bioethics. The case became a turning point not only in European ethics protocol on conflict between parents and medical team in the field of pediatric end of life care but also in decisions related to futility and reasonable hope of benefit to patient.