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Charlie Gard's parents want him home for final moments

Charlie Gard's parents want him home for final moments
From BBC - July 25, 2017

The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have returned to court to seek permission to take their son home to die.

Lawyers for Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the High Court they wanted "a few days of tranquillity outside the hospital before Charlie passes away".

They accused Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) of putting "obstacles" in the way of Charlie's return home.

But the hospital said Charlie's parents had refused an offer of mediation.

Grant Armstrong, representing Charlie's parents, told Mr Justice Francis that his clients' "last wish is that Charlie dies at home".

The lawyer said a portable ventilator and oxygen supply could be used by the 11-month-old.

Mr Armstrong added that GOSH, where he has been in intensive care since October, "says it wo not stand in the parents' way yet is putting up obstacles".

The judge said Great Ormond Street bosses had indicated that there were practical difficulties and had suggested a "hospice option".

He added: "These are issues which cry out for settlement."

'Charlie's interests'

Lawyers for GOSH told the judge "the hospital would like to be able to fulfil the parents' wishes... if it is safe and practicable and in Charlie's best interests."

However, they said Charlie's parents had not wished to use the services of a mediator and had proposed no clear plan.

"We need to balance parents needs and Charlie's best interests," lawyer Katie Gollop said.

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