Parents want to take Charlie Gard home to die

Leigh Mccormick
July 26, 2017

The parents of Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby whose plight has garnered global headlines, said Tuesday they want to take their son home to die.

Gollop also said Great Ormond Street would like to fulfil the wish of Charlie's parents "if practical".

Connie Yates and Chris Gard desperately want him to go home to die, but Armstrong said the hospital had raised objections, "despite having said in April that there were no obstacles to Charlie being flown to the US".

Connie Yates and Chris Gard on Monday abandoned their legal battle to prolong the life of their son, whose case has prompted an worldwide furore and drawn comment from USA president Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street said the therapy would not help.

Attorneys for the hospital said medics wanted to ensure the child was safe, and had asked for a mediator.

A Lawyers for the guardians of Charlie Gard told a judge Tuesday their last wish is to take their basically sick child home to pass on. A special area would be made available to them with the option for friends and family to visit.

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Ms Gollop said the hospital could not find an intesivist - a board-certified physician who provides special care for critically ill patients - in the entire United Kingdom who can support overnight care in a home setting. The experts recommended taking him off life support. Charlie's parents had declined. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, where Charlie has been in care, has been inundated with disgusting and vile abuse.

"These are issues which cry out for settlement", Judge Nicholas Francis said. "I don't know why the English hospital chose to suspend the child's treatments", Enoc told a news conference.

The representative for Charlie's parents, Grant Armstrong said, "For Charlie, it's too late, time has run out, irreversible muscular damage has been done and the treatment can no longer be a success". And the backlash it has received during the Charlie Gard case, during which the hospital provided the same high level of support they afford all their patients, has been bad. Dr. Melissa Moschella said the hospital's effort represented a "quality of life" ethic that says human life is valuable only if it meets certain capacities, and that it is moreover a violation of parental rights.

The couple reportedly believed that the therapy they were seeking could no longer help their son, and that any further attempts to prolong Charlie's life would only cause him pain.

In early 2017, Charlie's mother began raising money to pay for an experimental treatment in America.

It resulted in the case becoming a flashpoint for opposing views on health-care funding, medical intervention, the role of the state and the rights of the child after US-based pro-life activists flew to London to support Charlie's parents.

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