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Charlie Gard's parents in new High Court fight over taking baby home to die

 

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Charlie Gard. Photo: PA

Charlie Gard. Photo: PA

Charlie Gard. Photo: PA

Charlie Gard's mother has returned to the High Court for a new hearing a day after abandoning legal action over treatment for the terminally-ill baby.

Lawyers told a judge that Connie Yates and Charlie's father, Chris Gard, wanted decisions about the circumstances in which their son died.

They said the couple wanted to take Charlie home, and indicated that Great Ormond Street Hospital doctors thought such a move would be problematic.

On Monday, Charlie's parents gave up attempts to persuade a judge to allow the 11-month-old to travel to America for experimental therapy.

Barrister Grant Armstrong, who represents the couple, suggested to Mr Justice Francis that hospital bosses were placing obstacles in Charlie's parents' way.

The judge said Great Ormond Street bosses had indicated that there were practical difficulties.

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Charlie Gard’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates speak to the media outside the High Court in London, after they ended their legal fight over treatment for the terminally ill baby. Photo: PA

Charlie Gard’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates speak to the media outside the High Court in London, after they ended their legal fight over treatment for the terminally ill baby. Photo: PA

Charlie Gard’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates speak to the media outside the High Court in London, after they ended their legal fight over treatment for the terminally ill baby. Photo: PA

He said they had suggested a "hospice option".

Mr Justice Francis said: "These are issues which cry out for settlement."

Lawyers for Great Ormond Street said bosses had suggested mediation, but added that Charlie's parents had not wished to use the services of a mediator.

They also said medics wanted to avoid hazards or mishaps and wanted to ensure Charlie was safe.

They said practicalities were of the "greatest importance" but Charlie's parents had proposed no clear plan.

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Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard. Photo: PA

Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard. Photo: PA

Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard. Photo: PA

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The hospital's lawyers said bosses wanted to fulfil Charlie's parents' "last desire".

But they indicated that providing intensive care to Charlie outside a hospital setting was not simple.


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