What Can We Learn From Charlie Gard?

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Date(s) - 11/30/2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404

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Join us for a Bioethics Panel Discussion:

Charlie Gard was born with a rare genetic disorder and lived for less than a year, but his life and death attracted worldwide attention when his doctors and his parents disagreed about his best interests. His parents wanted to bring him from London to the United States to try an unproven intervention, but the hospital caring for him sought legal authorization for palliative care and withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment. Heads of state, bioethics scholars, and the general public all joined in the ensuing discussion of futility, parental authority, and medical responsibility, ensuring that Charlie’s brief life and death will continue to teach us about the role of medical science in society.

Reception to follow.


Chris Bishop, MD, MA, Neonatologist & Chair of the Ethics Consultation Subcommittee,
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Chris Coughlin, JD, Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law

Kate Mewhinney, JD, Director, Elder Law Clinic, Wake Forest University School of Law



Nancy M. P. King, JD, Co-Director, Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics,
Health & Society & Graduate Program in Bioethics