Baby Charlie Denied Life by British Health System, EU Courts

Baby Charlie Denied Life by British Health System, EU Courts

Baby Charlie Denied Life by British Health System, EU Courts

The bereaved couple claimed that the hospital was "rushing" them by demanding that 10-month old Charlie Gard be removed from life support on Friday (today) and lamenting that the doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital would not allow them to take their baby home to die.

On June 30, Charlie's life support will be removed. Charlie's parents disagreed with the hospital's conclusion, and that is exactly what they did.

According to the BBC, Connie Yates previously stated that if she and her partner were not allowed to take Charlie to the USA for the experimental treatment, they would put the money donated to them by members of the public toward helping other children with mitochondrial disease.

"We are utterly heartbroken spending our last precious hours with our baby boy we're not allowed to choose if our son lives and we're not allowed to choose when or where Charlie dies". However, it was found that their child was suffering from a rare genetic disease referred to as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

Charlie's parents said that since November, they have been talking with medical personnel at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children about their son's end-of-life care.

In the first week of March, officials at Great Ormond asked the court to rule that the life support treatment for baby Charlie should stop.

Charlie's parents raised £1.3m on a crowdfunding site to pay for the experimental treatment in the US.

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Charlie Gard was born on August 4, 2016.

His parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates shared their pain and also expressed their anger against the doctors who have refused to let Charlie come home and die. The parents had wanted to bring their son home to die, but were told they couldn't do so.

Medical professionals and the highest courts in the United Kingdom and Europe, however, have argued that no amount of treatment can ever make Charlie well. Specifically, doctors have claimed that took keep Charlie alive would "continue to cause Charlie significant harm".

"(The) decision by the European Court of Human Rights marks the end of what has been a very hard process and our priority is to provide every possible support to Charlie's parents as we prepare for the next steps", the spokeswoman said.

However, Mr Justice Francis agreed with Great Ormond Street's assessment that the extent of Charlie's brain damage was so severe and irreversible that any treatment would be "potentially painful but incapable of achieving anything positive for him".

"If Charlie doesn't get this chance, we will make sure that other innocent babies and children will be saved", she reportedly said in a GoFundMe post that has since been deleted.

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