Charlie Gard: Life support to be turned off, parents say

Charlie Gard: Life support to be turned off, parents say
From BBC - June 30, 2017

The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have said his life support machine will be turned off later.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates have criticised doctors after their request to bring their son home to die was denied.

Great Ormond Street Hospital believe Charlie has no chance of survival and said it was a "distressing situation".

On Tuesday, Charlie's parents lost their final legal appeal to take him to the US for treatment.

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights concluded that further treatment would "continue to cause Charlie significant harm", in line with advice from specialists at Great Ormond Street.

Ten-month-old Charlie is thought to be one of 16 children in the world to have mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a condition which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.


Doctors have said he cannot see, hear, move, cry or swallow.

He has been receiving specialist treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital since October last year.


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