Court fails to reach decision in Charlie Gard case

Charlie Gard's parents
Charlie Gard's parents given until noon tomorrow to agree arrangements for his death

28 July, 2017

Connie Yates and Chris Gard had asked the High Court for permission to take him home, before agreeing on Wednesday that he could be cared for at a hospice.

The judge in the case, Justice Peter Francis, is set to pass down a decision by noon on Thursday.

Grant Armstrong, the lawyer for Ms Yates and Charlie's father Chris Gard, paid tribute to the nurses who have offered to help, working on their days off or between shifts.

Mr Gard and Ms Yates, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, had originally asked Mr Justice Francis to rule that Charlie should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in NY.

The London hospital insists the family must find six nurses and three specialist doctors to care for him if they want to manage his final days.

For practical reasons, Great Ormond Street Hospital said a hospice was the most appropriate place to care for him.

Judge Nicholas Francis, who has dealt with the emotionally draining case for months, said the sensitive issues cried out "for mediation" - not for the ruling of a judge.

The hospital, however, said even that would require a 24/7 intensive care team at the hospice, which it was unable to source.

Katie Gollop, lawyer for the hospital, said that while the hospital wished to fulfill the parents' final wishes, the reality of bringing the child home is not "practically" possible.

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In his thoughtful July 21 op-ed, "What to do for little Charlie Gard", Charles Krauthammer eloquently expressed the anguish and heartache that any parent would feel when hope has diminished for a beloved child.

Once there, the baby's life support eventually would be switched off.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street said the therapy would not help.

"Much to our regret, we realized that we probably arrived too late", the hospital said.

"The U.K. medical and legal fields let Charlie languish and deteriorate to the point where treatments that have worked for other children like him no longer had a chance", Schindler said.

The Vatican hospital also noted "another result: an in-depth global confrontation at the clinical and scientific level: an extraordinary event, of great importance for the future of rare diseases".

Charlie Gard was born past year on August 4.

The deadline for Charlie Gard's parents to make a deal with Great Ormond Street Hospital has now passed.

The decision concludes a bitter five-month legal fight from Ms Yates and Mr Gard, whose appeal to give their son treatment was previously rejected by the European Court of Human Rights.

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