United Kingdom judge to decide whether Charlie Gard can go home to die

Glen Mclaughlin
July 28, 2017

Connie Yeats at court today.

Speaking on the baby's behalf, lawyer Victoria Butler-Cole told the High Court he would be able go to a hospice at the end of this week.

He said the couple felt there was a "brutality" to taking Charlie to a hospice.

Kennedy wrote that the court's decision was just, arguing that the judicial system must have the final say and only be concerned "for the child and the child's interests".

The family later put a message on Facebook appealing for a paediatric intensive care consultant to come forward before 12pm on Thursday.

A British judge ordered Thursday that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time.

His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard have found themselves in a long legal battle lasting months to try and get their son experimental treatment. Francis said Charlie's mother and father now accept that the only options for their son "are the hospital or the hospice".

Barrister Grant Armstrong, who leads the couple's legal team, told a judge that the couple wanted to take Charlie home to die.

"I am sensing that timing is a lot of the problem here", said Justice Francis.

Mr Armstrong said the plan was for the doctor to have discussions with Great Ormond Street staff shortly.

In the months that followed, Charlie's parents and the Great Ormond Street Hospital continued their way through the British court system, and after exhausting all legal options in the United Kingdom, the case went to the European Court for Human Rights.

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Charlie's parents had rejected a suggestion of using a mediator to help settle the dispute out of court, Ms Gollop added.

"When he says false hope, of course the parents are going to hold onto any kind of hope like that", said ABC anchor Robin Roberts.

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

"If further treatment may no longer be worthwhile, Charlie's life is inherently worthwhile, having the dignity and irreplaceability of every human life, and this will remain so even in the coming days", it said.

But she said the couple's needs must be balanced against Charlie's best interests.

"It is greatly hoped that in the days ahead, it will be possible to extend to his parents the same quality of care with which Charlie has been provided and to concentrate on the family as a whole" the hospital said in a statement.

Mr Gard and Ms Yates, who come from Bedfont, west London, had asked Mr Justice Francis to rule that Charlie should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in NY.

But British doctors said the therapy would not help, recommending that life support be stopped.

So a court ruling is expected on Wednesday whether Chris Gard and Connie Yates will be allowed to take their son home - for his last hours.

British courts and the worldwide European Court of Human Rights had come down against the attempt to get the baby help.

She was speaking after another day in court, where they were fighting for permission to take Charlie home for his final days.

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