Charlie Gard: No agreement over where baby moved for final days

  • 26 July 2017
  • From the section London

Hospital bosses and the parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard have been unable to reach an agreement about where he will spend his final days.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard had asked to be allowed to take their son home to die after ending their legal case.

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

Mr Justice Francis said a decision must be reached by 12:00 BST on Thursday or Charlie would be taken to a hospice.

A specialist doctor has volunteered to care for the terminally-ill baby in a hospice, the family’s lawyer Grant Armstrong told the court.

Nurses from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London had also volunteered to help care for Charlie.

His mother wanted Charlie to spend a week in the hospice before he died, Mr Armstrong said.

However, the family had not been able to find an intensive care specialist, which the hospital had said was “essential” for Charlie’s care, he said.

Mr Justice Francis said the name of the hospice and when Charlie was admitted would remain private.

He said he hoped all parties could reach an agreement otherwise Charlie would be moved and his life support treatment ended soon after that.

On Monday his parents ended their legal fight to take Charlie to the US for experimental therapy on the advice of the US doctor who had offered the treatment.

Mr Gard said his “beautiful” son was not expected to live to see his first birthday on 4 August.

Charlie has encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. He has brain damage and cannot move his arms or legs.


Charlie Gard: Timeline of parents’ legal battle

  • 3 March 2017: Mr Justice Francis starts to analyse the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
  • 11 April: Mr Justice Francis says doctors can stop providing life-support treatment.
  • 3 May: Charlie’s parents ask Court of Appeal judges to consider the case.
  • 23 May: Three Court of Appeal judges analyse the case.
  • 25 May: Court of Appeal judges dismiss the couple’s appeal.
  • 8 June: Charlie’s parents lose fight in the Supreme Court.
  • 20 June: Judges in the European Court of Human Rights start to analyse the case after lawyers representing Charlie’s parents make written submissions.
  • 27 June: Judges in the European Court of Human Rights refuse to intervene.
  • 3 July: The Pope and US President Donald Trump offer to intervene.
  • 7 July: Great Ormond Street Hospital applies for a fresh hearing at the High Court.
  • 24 July: Charlie’s parents end their legal fight to take him to the US for treatment.

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