UK Hospital Says Terminally Ill Baby to Have 'More Time'

Devastating: Charlie Gard, the baby at the center of a fierce legal battle for alternative treatment options, is likely to sadly die today

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, parents of 10-month-old Charlie Gard, made the plea to the European court to allow them to take their son to the USA for an experimental treatment.

Charlie was born with an extremely rare condition known as infantile onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, or MDDS.

Charlie's parents appealed to the U.K. Supreme Court but that appeal was denied, and so they made a decision to take the case up to the European Court of Human Rights, which is an worldwide court located in Strasbourg, France.

The parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, wanted their son to undergo experimental treatment in the USA and have strenuously opposed his doctors' decision to remove him from life support.

Great Ormond Street hospital said the therapy, which has never been tested on humans, was experimental and would not help.

Against his parents' wishes, baby Charlie will be taken off life support on Friday, June 30.

However, Gard and Yates are claiming that they are being rushed and that the hospital has denied their request to allow the baby to die at home.

Charlie's parents raised £1.3m on a crowdfunding site to pay for the experimental treatment in the US.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates welcomed to the world their son, Charlie Gard, back in August 2016.


Last week the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court's ruling that doctors should be allowed to move Charlie to palliative care.

His parents said Charlie would die "knowing that he was loved by thousands", adding "thank you to everyone for all your support!"

Center-right Forza Italia Senator Lucio Malan called on Italian President Sergio Mattarella to "intervene with Queen Elizabeth" in order for the child not to be taken off life support, which he said was an "execution".

Gard and Yates sought to overturn the ruling at the Court of Appeal, but Mr Justice McFarlane upheld the decision that taking Charlie to the USA would "expose Charlie to harm" with little hope of improving his condition.

Chris and Connie filed appeal after appeal, all the way up to the Supreme Court. They are not permitted to take him home, and they say that the hospital is "rushing" to turn off the ventilator.

"We're not allowed to choose if our son lives and we're not allowed to choose when or where Charlie dies".

"(The) decision by the European Court of Human Rights marks the end of what has been a very hard process and our priority is to provide every possible support to Charlie's parents as we prepare for the next steps", the spokeswoman said.

A Great Ormond Street spokesperson stated that there is "no rush" to end Charlie's treatment.

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