Charlie Gard action: Physicians can go baby’s life support – BBC News

Published in Odd and Fun on 22nd September 2017
Charlie Gard action: Physicians can go baby’s life support – BBC News
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Image caption Charlie’s rare malady has left him with irreversible brain damage and mainly unable to move

Doctors can recede life aid from a sick child with a rare genetic plight against his parents’ pleases, a High Court judge has ruled.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital said eight-month-old Charlie Gard has irreversible brain damage and should be moved to palliative care.

His mothers Connie Yates and Chris Gard, from London, had wanted to take him to the US for a management trial.

They indicated that they are “devastated” by the decision but intended to appeal.

Their solicitor, Laura Hobey-Hamsher, said they could not understand why Mr Justice Francis had not “at least granted Charlie the chance of treatment”.

She said the couple would take farther advice on objection the regulating formerly their legal squad had analyse it.

They have three weeks to lodge an appeal.

Hospital boss said they would continue to provide life-support medicine until policy decisions about an appeal had been made.

‘Brave and dignified’

In his judgement, Mr Justice Francis said he made the decision with the “heaviest of hearts” but with “complete conviction” that it was in the best interests of the child.

He paid tribute to Charlie’s parents for “their brave and dignified expedition on his behalf” and “their absolute dedication to their splendid boy, from the working day that he was born”.

The judge, who had visited Charlie in hospital, included: “I know this is the darkest daylight for Charlie’s parents…my centre runs out to them.

“I exclusively hope in time they will come to accept it is in Charlie’s best interests to told him slip by quietly, and not gave him through more pain and suffering.”

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Image caption Chris Gard and Connie Yates took Charlie’s toy monkey into court with them

Charlie, who was born on 4 August, has a ill called mitochondrial exhaustion disorder, a rare illnes which changes the genetic building blocks that dedicate energy to cells.

It justifications progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

His mothers, of Bedfont, west London, had told the Family Division of the High court they wanted to give their newborn “one chance of life”.

In their offer to fund the management abroad they set up a crowdfunding expedition which has raised in excess of 1.25 m from more than 80,000 donors.

A GoFundMe spokesman said it will “be speaking privately to the family” about what would happen to the money raised.

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Media captionLaura Hobey-Hamsher, attorney: “Charlie’s parents are devastated”

Mr Gard was “shaking and visibly very upset” as he waited for the judgment, BBC News correspondent Helena Lee, who was in tribunal, said.

When the judge governed the management could be withdrawn, he shouted out “no”.

Both he and Ms Yates broke down in tears and embed their intelligences in their hands.

They left the court constructing without listening to the judge’s full argue behind his judgement.

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Image caption Connie Yates and Chris Gard with their son Charlie, who was born health in August last year

During five days of evidence, Mr Justice Francis heard contesting debates over what should happen to Charlie.

Debra Powell QC, representing infirmary honchoes, had told the court a number of “world-renowned” experts agreed “their childrens” should not be given long-term life supporter as his “quality of life” is “so poor”.

Barrister Victoria Butler-Cole, who was appointed to represent the eight month old, said proposed medication in the US was “purely experimental” and sustaining his life subsistence would only “prolong the process of dying”.

But the parents’ barrister, Sophia Roper, bickered Charlie would not suffer substantial damage if he was taken to the United States and should be given a chance to improve.

She likewise claimed his parents’ desires should carry “great weight”.

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A statement from Great Ormond Street Hospital, released after the ruling, said its doctors had sought “multiple external beliefs as to whether therapy further improve Charlie’s chance of survival or quality of life” but “the consensus … was that it would not”.

“Our focus now is to work with Charlie’s family to plan for the coming stage in Charlie’s care, ” it said.

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