Pope Francis "Saddened" By Courts Ruling For Terminally-Ill Child

26 July, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.┬áTony Baggett  Shutterstock

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, the baby's parents, are now asking for the right to move Charlie to their home, so he can die there.

"Had Great Ormond Street Hospital allowed this treatment months ago, when Connie and Chris requested it", the chances that Charlie's condition would greatly improve are very high, said Mahoney.

Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, on Monday dropped their months-long court fight to bring their son to the United States for experimental treatment after tests showed he has irreversible muscle damage.

"The parents' wish is to take Charlie home", Armstrong told the court.

Mr Armstrong suggested to the judge that hospital bosses were placing obstacles in Charlie's parents' way.

Ms Gollop said: "The care plan must be safe, it must spare Charlie all pain, it must protect his dignity, at the same time it must honour his parents' wishes about the time and place of his passing, and it has to balance Charlies interests and his parents' needs".

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

Nigel Farage said he is "disgusted" with the way the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard have been treated.

Charlie's parents subsequently failed to overturn his ruling in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.


So far as GOSH is aware, invasive ventilation is only provided in a hospital setting. He says discussions will be held in private about when Charlie's life-support will be switched off.

Hospital chiefs said in a statement that they are not in a position to know what might have happened six months ago and can not know if Charlie would have responded to the experimental therapy.

Charlie - who suffers from a rare genetic condition causing progressive muscle weakness and brain damage - would turn a year old on August 4, but his parents believe he "unfortunately won't make his first birthday".

Previous courts, including the European Court of Human Rights, have sided with the hospital.

"Emotions are as high in this case as they could be in any", said the presiding judge, Nicholas Francis.

While the couple acknowledged that the therapy would come too late for their son, they were keen to say that they would continue fighting for other ill children who were in need of life-saving treatment. Charlie's condition left him blind, deaf and requiring ventilator assistance to breathe. The London kids' doctor's facility contradicted that, saying it would not help and would cause Charlie enduring.

He gave Charlie's legal team until Wednesday to see if they could find an intensive care team willing to look after Charlie at his home or at a hospice for several days, in accordance with the parents' wishes. Charlie's parents fought back, arguing they should be allowed to pursue any and all options that might save their son.

Charlie's doctors are responding to the facts of his condition, not the demands of the NHS, as the court case amply demonstrated.

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