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Trump and Pope using sick child for own ends

As much as I sympathise with Charlie Gard's parents, I feel that the intervention by the Pope and Donald Trump, neither of whom has medical qualifications, is nothing more than cynical political opportunism, playing to ill-advised populist sentiments.

A baby who has irreparable brain damage, who can neither hear, see, nor swallow and who is being kept alive by a machine, has no quality of life and no hope for a future. To continue to treat him as some kind of experimental animal is cruel. We would not submit an animal to such suffering.

Great Ormond Street has a fine reputation worldwide for its care of critically ill children. Please, let the doctors do their job, stop this baby's terrible pain and keep the politicians out of it.

Katherine Scholfield


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