When parents and doctors disagree about life support for a child?

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For each adult saved by this machine — dubbed ECMO, for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation — another adult hooked up to the equipment dies in the hospital. For those patients, the intervention is a very expensive, labor-intensive and unsuccessful effort to cheat death

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There can’t be many people in the UK who haven’t heard of Charlie Gard. He’s a little boy with mitochondrial disease who is on life support. His parents want to send him to the US for experimental treatment; the UK courts have ruled on medical advice that the treatment does not show sufficient promise. Medics think Charlie can’t be helped. His desperate parents claim otherwise, citing the support of 7 international doctors and a 350,000 strong petition

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