Medicine

Charlie Gard will be moved to hospice in days

Charlie Gard will be moved to hospice in days”

Great Ormond Street hospital said on Tuesday that would not be possible for practical reasons.

Connie Yates, mother of critically ill baby Charlie Gard arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said it would not be practical for Charlie, who is severely brain damaged, unable to breathe without machines and can not move his arms and legs as a result of his mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, to receive treatment at their home and argued it is not in his best interest for him to be kept alive at a hospice for a long period of time.

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After the judge made his decision, Ms Yates left the court crying and said: "I hope you are happy with yourselves".

The details of when the transfer and removal of life support take place were discussed while journalists were removed from the court but earlier, Fiona Paterson, representing the hospital, said in open court that "it should be Friday".

The two sides are back in court as the parents seek to take Charlie home to die.

He accused London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, of putting obstacles in the way.

"This has been a very, very hard decision to reach", the judge said. Her father said they have done extensive research about her condition, and they want a second opinion before they let go of their little girl.

"His care can not be simplified, it must be provided in a specialist setting by specialists", it said.

Instead, the hospital suggested moving Charlie to hospice.

"It would offer the opportunity to create memories and perhaps to begin a time of healing", the hospital said.

On Wednesday, the lawyer said Gard and Yates had accepted the need to transfer Charlie to a hospice but differences remained over how that should happen.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard fought a long battle against the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, drawing worldwide attention, to bring their son to the USA for experimental treatment.

Facebook appeal Afterwards, an unnamed family friend said: "The hospital have set the bar so high that in terms of clinical team for Charlie's end of life nothing seemed good enough for [the hospital]".

Mr Justice Francis said he had been hoping for consensus. Further delay merely compounds the misery in this tragic case'. On July 17, Charlie was examined by US neurologist who claimed that an experimental therapy could provide up to a 10 percent chance of improvement in the child's condition.



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