Charlie Gard's Parents Wrangle With Hospital Over WHERE He Should Die

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 25, 2017

The little boy's mother Connie Yates was back in court on Tuesday a day after she and partner Chris Gard abandoned legal action over treatment for the baby.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, wanted 11-month-old Charlie to undergo a therapy trial in America.

But the judge said that GOSH bosses had indicated that there were practical difficulties, and had suggested a "hospice option" instead. "At the same time, the plan must honour his parents' wishes about two matters in particular namely the time and place of his passing", the hospital's lawyers wrote in a document presented to the court.

The parents' lawyer, Grant Armstrong, said the hospital was placing obstacles in the way of their final wish to take their son home. A judicial office spokesman said he did not know what the hearing was about.

"All we wanted to do was take Charlie from one world-renowned hospital to another world-renowned hospital in the attempt to save his life and to be treated by the world's leader in mitochondrial disease", Gard said. "It must be provided in a specialist setting by specialists", the document said.

But the Great Ormond Street doctors said it would not benefit him and would prolong his suffering.

The other story dominating the front pages is the decision by the parents of Charlie Gard to end their legal fight.

Mr Justice Francis remarked: "These are issues that cry out for mediation rather than a judgement by me", Rosenberg tweeted.

Gard and Yates resisted, arguing that an experimental treatment available in the U.S. could extend and improve Charlie's life.

On Monday, Chris Gard and Yates gave up their fight to take Charlie to the United States to be treated by Dr. Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center in NY.

GOSH also accused Hirano of not having read Charlie's medical or court records before putting forward a treatment.

They also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.

A hearing is scheduled in the Family Division of the High Court on Tuesday, in which the parents are expected to request that their son return to their London home to die.

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