Charlie Gard to spend final hours in hospice, court rules

Jerome Frank
July 28, 2017

After reluctantly accepting there was no hope for Charlie, his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, had sought to take their son home to die.

Great Ormond Street Hospital said it was not practical to provide life-support treatment for days at the couple's home.

If no agreement is reached, Charlie will be transferred to a hospice and his ventilation tube removed.The judge ordered that the name of the hospice and the exact timing of Charlie's last moments should not be disclosed to the public.

Parents of Charlie Gard, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, walk through the grounds of the Royal Courts of Justice on April 7, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. The parents brought the legal action because they disagreed with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, which is caring for Charlie. Nurses from the hospital nonetheless have volunteered to care for him in his final hours. Both US President Donald Trump and the Pope had offered to intervene to help Charlie receive the treatment.

Senior staff at GOSH described their wishes as "not in any way viable" and that Charlie's treatment should end shortly after arriving at the hospice.

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Yates is asking to be allowed to choose the team that would care for Charlie. She then left the courtroom in tears. Charlie is unable to move his arms or legs or breathe unaided. This was hard to do given the need for various medical equipment and the hospital's insistence that it was against Charlie's interests to go home.

Mr Gard and Ms Yates made the decision after U.S. neurologist Dr Michio Hirano said he was no longer willing to offer their son experimental treatment, having examined Charlie's latest brain scans.

Charlie started having seizures before Christmas and his clinicians concluded that he had suffered irreversible brain damage by early this year. In Britain, courts make right-to-life decisions, not patients or families, as is usually the case in the United States. But the central London hospital said it was not in the baby's interests to spend a long period of time in a hospice.

"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".

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