I posted an article a few weeks ago following the much reported and desperately sad case of baby Charlie Gard. Mr Justice Francis had ruled that Charlie's parents wishes could be overruled by the baby's treating clinicians, and that he could therefore be moved to palliative-only care. The withdrawal of other treatment was suspended pending the parent's appeal, but that appeal,  was yesterday dismissed .  

The appeal court judges supported the lower court's decision that the state can and will in these kinds of exceptional circumstances interfere with the parents' exercise of parental rights and make decisions that it deems to be in the child's best interests.

Understandably said to be devastated to have lost their appeal, it seems likely that Charlie's parents will now take their case to the highest court in England & Wales, the Supreme Court, in a last bid to prevent Charlie's life-support treatment being turned off. As a parent, one can understand only too well their desire to keep fighting for their son at any price, and this final appeal will ensure that no stone is left unturned for them, legally. I wish them well.