3 steps doctors can take when parents ask for a miracle

Communication is key in handling parents seeking miracles for their critically ill child

When parents hope for a miracle for their critically ill child, paediatricians must maintain a careful balance between advocating for good medicine and respecting the parents' beliefs, according to a report.

Ethical and professional challenges can arise when parents or guardians request aggressive medical care while waiting for a miracle, doctors write in Pediatrics.

This is especially the case when paediatricians consider life-sustaining interventions to be futile or even harmful.