Judge set to decide on Charlie Gard's last days

  • Judge set to decide on Charlie Gard's last days

Judge set to decide on Charlie Gard's last days

Image: Ms Yates broke down in court and shouted: 'What if it was your child?'

Grant Armstrong, the parents' lawyer, said yesterday that the couple objected to the "brutality" of moving Charlie to hospice, only to have him die shortly after.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates were hoping for a "few days of tranquillity outside of a hospital setting" before the 11-month-old dies, after giving up a legal challenge for him to receive experimental treatment in the US. The London hospital opposed that, saying it would not help and cause Charlie suffering.

At the end of the hearing attended by Charlie's mother, Connie Yates, Francis said he felt a hospice, rather than the family home, would be best.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates speak to the media after ending their legal fight to take Charlie to the USA for experimental treatment on Monday.

Charlie, who was born on 4 August 2016, inherited the faulty RRM2B gene, which affects the cells responsible for energy production and respiration, leaving him unable to move or breath without a ventilator.

"At the high court on Wednesday, they said that they would instead seek to move him to a hospice, hopefully for 'a week or so, '" The Guardian explained.

The Thursday deadline is meant to yield a plan for what happens after the baby is transferred to a hospice.

The exact time and place of Charlie's death were to be kept private. Charlie's parents had declined. His parents have desperately fought to keep him alive while an experimental treatment can be administered.

Dr Michio Hirano, an American neurology expert from Columbia Medical, previously said he believed there was at least a 10% chance his NBT therapy could improve Charlie's condition.

The judge said it was a "very, very sad conclusion". He is not expected to survive for more than a few hours once his ventilator is removed.

Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, will be transferred to a hospice and taken off life support, a United Kingdom judge ruled, unless an alternative agreement can be reached.

Meanwhile, Katie Gollop QC, who is acting for Great Ormond Street hospital, said the hospital had searched "the length and breadth of the country" for an appropriate medical team who could care for Charlie. May I pay tribute to these nurses'.

The case attracted global attention after Charlie's parents received support from Pope Francis, U.S. President Donald Trump and some members of the U.S. Congress.

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