Judge: Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice, not home

Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard

They have sought permission from the courts to switch off his life support and allow him to die peacefully.

High Court judge Nicholas Francis gave 11-month-old Charlie's parents and the hospital that has been treating him until noon Thursday to come to terms on an end-of-life care plan for the infant's final hours or days.

Connie Yeats at court today.

The judge said the dispute cried out for settlement.

Instead, the hospital suggested moving Charlie to hospice.

"Those resources can not be provided by Great Ormond Street to Charlie at his parents' home", she said.

Savulescu said social media had given greater power to parents to make their case heard.

"It is for Charlie, his parents and family that we all pray, hoping that they are able, as a family, to be given the support and the space to find peace in the days ahead", the statement said.

Great Ormond Street bosses wanted Charlie to stay at a hospice for a shorter period.

Above all Great Ormond Street wants to fulfil that last wish.

Charlie Gard's mother yelled in anguish as a High Court judge set a timetable for the end of the terminally-ill baby's life.

Charlie Gard’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates speak to the media outside the High Court in London after they ended their legal fight over treatment for the terminally ill baby
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On Monday, heartbroken Chris and Connie gave up their legal struggle to let little Charlie leave the United Kingdom for a trial treatment overseas because it was "too late" to help him.

Doctors at GOSH believe Charlie should be either taken to a hospice or stay with them because his ventilator won't fit through the front door and doctors fear he could suffer pain or a "distressing or disordered death".

Mr Armstrong said the hospital had not visited the Gards' ground floor flat.

Victoria Butler-Cole, representing Charlie's legal guardian, said the family's chosen experts can not provide continuing ventilation outside the intensive care setting.

Barrister Katie Gollop QC, who led Great Ormond Street's legal team, said staff were not creating obstacles.

Relations between the hospital and parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates have become so strained that the couple only talk to doctors via their lawyers, the BBC reported. He has remained at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London ever since. He issued an order barring publication of the name of the hospice and the date when Charlie is taken there. She said the stumbling block was the need for invasive ventilation, with air forced into Charlie's lungs.

Wesley Smith at the National Review said: "Charlie's condition was degenerating".

The child's life support is expected to be pulled in the next few days, just two weeks shy of his first birthday.

But British doctors said the therapy would not help, recommending that life support be stopped. It is therefore hard to understand why Charlie could not die at home.

As the legal battle dragged on, US -based pro-life activists had flown to London to support Charlie's parents, and the case became a flashpoint for opposing views on health-care funding, medical intervention, the role of the state and the rights of the child.

The case of Charlie Gard has attracted significant global attention this year, eliciting comments from the European Court of Human Rights, the Pope and even United States' President Donald Trump.

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