Charlie Gard will be moved to hospice for final hours: Judge

Trevor Jackson
July 28, 2017

Charlie will spend his final hours at the hospice before a ventilator that keeps him alive is turned off.

The baby's parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates were hoping to bring their son home, but GOSH said that moving Charlie and his life-support equipment would not be practical.

They originally sought to take the child home, before saying he should receive life support treatment in a hospice for several days.

Judge Francis had scheduled a two-day hearing to consider fresh evidence by Dr Hirano who had come to London from Columbia Medical Center in NY to examine Charlie.

"His mother, Connie Yates, told the BBC earlier this year that they wanted to take him to the USA for an experimental treatment: 'If we don't get this opportunity, he's going to die".

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For months, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) argued in court that its staff, rather than Charlie's parents, be allowed to decide his fate.

The case even drew comment from U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and involved months of legal wrangling about whether Charlie should be taken to the United States for experimental treatment. Charlie is unable to move his arms or legs or breathe unaided. The hospital, in fighting the parents' earlier effort to secure experimental treatment, had indicated that it was responsible for sparing Charlie unnecessary pain.

"It is in Charlie's best interests to be moved to a hospice and for him at that point to be moved to a palliative care regime only", the judge said as a medical and legal battle that has drawn worldwide attention nears a wrenching conclusion. "I hope you are happy with yourself". "As Charlie's devoted and loving parents, we've decided that it is no longer in Charlie's best interest to pursue treatment and we will let our son go and be with the angels". The rare genetic condition causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. In Britain, courts make right-to-life decisions, not patients or families, as is usually the case in the United States.

"We are struggling to find any comfort or peace with all this, but one thing that does give us the slightest bit of comfort, is that we truly believe that Charlie may have been too special for this cruel world".

In a statement, Ms Yates said GOSH had "denied us our final wish".

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