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dateline: 26 July 2017

British Parents Give Up Legal Battle to Move Baby Charlie

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • controversial: causing disagreement
  • terminally ill: having an illness or disease that is expected to cause death
  • rare: not common
  • opposed: against
  • life support: equipment that keeps a person alive when his or her organs can’t function on their own
  • neurologist: a doctor that specializes in the brain and central nervous system
  • MRI: magnetic resonance imaging, a scan that looks inside organs and tissues
  • hospice: a home-like facility for very sick or terminally ill people

British Parents Give Up Fight to Move Baby Charlie

A British couple has given up a controversial fight to take terminally ill baby to the US for experimental treatment. Charlie Gard, an eleven-month-old, has a rare that makes it impossible for him to breathe on his own. Doctors in London were opposed to the idea of Charlie to New York and felt that he could experience unnecessary suffering. The European Human Rights Court recently that Charlie’s doctors had a right to remove him from life support. The American neurologist who had offered to treat Charlie this week after seeing a more recent MRI. Charlie will now be moved to a nearby hospice to spend the remainder of his life.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did Charlie Gard’s parents want to do?
  2. Why were doctors in London opposed to his parents’ wishes?
  3. Why did an American neurologist change his mind about treating Charlie?

Discussion Questions: Earlier this month, the Pope supported Charlie’s parents, saying life support should not be turned off on the child. How do you feel about using life support to prolong a person’s life?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

5 Comments on British Parents Give Up Legal Battle to Move Baby Charlie

  1. Alberto says:

    As far as I can tell I think that it is a decisión which must be taken for the relatives.

    Every case must be studied and the decision must take into account the pain of the patient.

  2. Jeong Hojin says:

    I was very sorry to hear your comment.
    and I think we always should have gratefulness in our mind because we have healthy body.

  3. Tara Benwell says:

    It’s true. We must remember to be so grateful for our health and the health of our children. Baby Charlie, whose story has been in the news for weeks, died on Friday after his life support was removed.

  4. Bijan says:


    After reading my above comment again and again, I guess my below sentences are maybe correct:

    Firstly, …I myself have the greatest wealth that is my health, but I didn’t know about it at all.

    Secondly, …why do some people have the greatest wealth (their health), but they are only searching for the house, the car, the jewellery and so on?

    Best wishes and have a great weekend,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf,

  5. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    Firstly, thank you for this news report because I understood that I myself have the biggest rich (my healthy body), but I didn’t know about it at all.

    Secondly, after reading your news report, I was surprised that why do some people have the biggest rich (their health), but they are only searching for house, car, jewellery and so on?

    Thirdly, I’m so sorry for Charlie Gard and his parents because I know they are spending bad times.
    I wish Charlie healthy body.

    I wish you and your students health and happiness.
    Take care of yourself,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf,

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