Sunday 17 December 2017

Judge rules 'the end' of parents' legal battle to get treatment for baby Charlie

Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard
Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard Newsdesk Newsdesk

A couple who want to take their terminally ill baby son to the United States for treatment have lost a fight in the European Court of Human Rights after exhausting all legal options in the UK.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, wanted 10-month-old Charlie Gard, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, to undergo a therapy trial in America.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie is being cared for, said therapy proposed by a doctor in the US was experimental and would not help.

They said life-support treatment should stop.

Charlie's parents had asked European court judges in Strasbourg, France, to consider their claims after losing battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

But Strasbourg judges on Tuesday refused to intervene.

A spokeswoman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said the European court decision marked "the end" of a "difficult process".

She said there would be "no rush" to change Charlie's care and said future plans would "involve careful planning and discussion".

Charlie's parents were unavailable for comment.

Press Association

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