Judge approves hospice plan for terminally ill infant Charlie Gard

Saul Bowman
July 28, 2017

British Judge Nicholas Francis has ordered that 11-month-old #Charlie Gard is to be moved to hospice and die peacefully.

The judge said in his order that it was in the infant's best interest for life support to be withdrawn, the Press Association reported, and that Charlie will be treated at the hospital for a "period of time" before being moved to the hospice.

A court order says Charlie will continue to be treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for a "period" of time before being moved to the hospice, which can not be named for legal reasons.

The couple has endured long courts battles not only to keep Charlie's life support going but also trying to seek experimental treatment in the United States for his condition. The hospital, in fighting the parents' earlier effort to secure experimental treatment, had indicated that it was responsible for sparing Charlie unnecessary pain.

The case has received attention worldwide with Pope Francis and President Trump offering assistance.

She said: "We just want some peace with our son, no hospital, no lawyers, no courts, no media, just quality time with Charlie away from everything to say goodbye to him in the most loving way".


The judge had given Gard and Yates until noon London time (7 a.m. ET) to agree with the hospital on a plan for extended care for Charlie at a hospice. Nurses from the hospital nonetheless have volunteered to care for him in his final hours.

If no agreement was reached, Charlie would be transferred to a hospice and his ventilation tube removed.

Britain's courts, backed by the European Court of Human Rights, refused permission for him to travel to the United States, saying it would prolong his suffering without any realistic prospect of helping him. "It is too late (...)".

Mr Justice France made the order on Thursday afternoon, a few hours after the deadline passed for Charlie's end-of-life plan.

Mr Gard and Ms Yates made the decision after USA neurologist Dr Michio Hirano said he was no longer willing to offer their son experimental treatment, having examined Charlie's latest brain scans.

Charlie is diagnosed with mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

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