Charlie Gard’s parents given more time before terminally ill baby’s life support switched off


The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have been given more time to spend with their baby son before his life support is switched off.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, wanted 10-month-old Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, to be taken to the US for experimental treatment.

But the family lost their final legal battle in the fight to save their son after a European court refused to intervene in the case.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said the therapy was experimental and would not help.

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Chris Gard and Connie Yates have said Charlie’s life support will be turned off on Friday (PA)

The couple said they had been told Charlie’s life support would be switched off on Friday, but the hospital has confirmed they are working on plans for the baby’s care and to give his family more time with him.

A hospital spokeswoman said: “Together with Charlie’s parents we are putting plans in place for his care, and to give them more time together as a family.

Doctors have given Charlie Gard’s parents more time to say goodbye to Charlie

“We would ask you to give the family and our staff some space and privacy at this distressing time.”

The couple had claimed they were being rushed to say their goodbyes, despite having been promised they would have all the time they needed to say goodbye to their son.

Mr Gard said the couple’s parental rights “have been stripped away.”

Charlie’s parents, both in their 30s and from Bedfont, west London, had asked European court judges in Strasbourg, France, to consider their claim after judges in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London ruled in favour of GOSH doctors.

Alongside a video posted on YouTube on Thursday, Charlie’s parents wrote: “We are utterly heartbroken spending our last precious hours with our baby boy.

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The parents have lost several court battles to take Charlie to the United States (Gareth Fuller/PA)

“We’re not allowed to choose if our son lives and we’re not allowed to choose when or where Charlie dies.

“We, and most importantly Charlie, have been massively let down throughout this whole process.”

Charlie’s plight has touched many people and the family received donations totalling more than £1.3 million to take him to the US for therapy.

Campaigners also pledged their support to the family on social media with hashtags including £charliesfight £Fight4Charlie and £LetCharlieGoHome.

His parents said Charlie would die “knowing that he was loved by thousands”, adding “thank you to everyone for all your support!”

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