Medicine

Judge rules against Charlie Gard's parents ... again

Judge rules against Charlie Gard's parents ... again

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard withdrew their objection Wednesday to their baby dying in a hospice rather in their home as they had originally requested.

Days after his mother pleaded for him to be allowed to die peacefully at home, a British judge ruled that 11-month-old Charlie Gard will end his days in hospice.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street in London maintained that it was kinder for the Charlie's life support to be switched off.

Mr Justice Francis began analysing the dispute at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court and said he would make a decision if agreement could not be reached.

After hours of legal argument, the parents accepted the only options were GOSH or a hospice.

The deadline for Charlie Gard's parents to come to an arrangement with their son's doctors over his care has now passed.

The hospital says in a statement that it's not in a position to know what might have happened six months ago and that it can not know if Charlie would have responded to the experimental therapy.

Charlie requires invasive ventilation to breathe and can not see, hear or swallow.

"It is in Charlie's best interests to be moved to a hospice and for him at that point to be moved to a palliative care regime only", the judge said as a medical and legal battle that has drawn worldwide attention nears a wrenching conclusion. In early July, the hospital had offered for the child to be transferred to its facilities for life support and treatment after Pope Francis stated his support of the Gard family.

His parents said they knew the chance of the experimental treatment working was slim, but they wanted to try anyway for Charlie's sake.

The hospital's lawyer, Katie Gollop, said Great Ormond Street wanted "above all" to fulfil the parents' last wish, but also had to take the baby's best interests into account.

Emerson said his daughter suffered from a 17-hour epilepsy fit, and afterward doctors told him that Jorja's case basically was hopeless.

Charlie Gard's parents fought for months to transfer him to the United States for an experimental treatment. "We can not know if Charlie would have responded to the experimental therapy".

They abandoned their legal fight on Monday after concluding that Charlie had deteriorated to the "point of no return".

But Charlie's godfather, James Evers, last night expressed anger at what he called GOSH's "arduous" conditions, such as having one of their intensive care specialists at Charlie's side throughout. The London children's hospital opposed that, saying it would not help and would cause Charlie suffering.


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