Published: Fri, July 28, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Terminally-ill Charlie to spend final days in a hospice, court hears

Terminally-ill Charlie to spend final days in a hospice, court hears

But Armstrong said Wednesday that the family has found a doctor with previous intensive care experience who would be able to oversee a team at the hospice.

Judge Nicholas Francis issued the order after the boy's parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates gave up their fight for him to die at home, saying "this has been a very very hard decision to reach". If your dad or grandmother is dying of cancer or lung disease and they are in pain, can not breathe without distress or can not do anything but moan and suffer, then many would say the time has come to stop medical interventions and let the loved one go.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street said the therapy would not help and that life-support treatment should stop.

The parents of Charlie Gard wanted to initially take them to the United States, where an experimental treatment was proposed by a doctor.

The deadline for Charlie Gard's parents to make a deal with Great Ormond Street Hospital has now passed.

He said the "window of opportunity has been lost" to help Charlie, according to Sky News.

But the hospital said a paediatric intensive care unit specialist would be required to care for the child at a hospice over a longer period.

"The care plan must be safe, it must spare Charlie all pain and protect his dignity", she said.

"His care can not be simplified, it must be provided in a specialist setting by specialists", it said. Hospital staff would remain with Charlie until it was time to take him off life support.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates had fought for months against a London hospital's recommendation that the child be taken off the life support he needs to stay alive with a rare mitochondrial condition.

Charlie Gard's mother left the courtroom Wednesday in tears during a tense hearing over Gard's end of life care options.

Yesterday Mr Justice Francis, the High Court judge asked to decide his fate, said a deal must be agreed by midday today or GOSH's advice would be followed.

"This indecision is compounding the parents' misery", he said.

In a statement, GSOH condemned Hierano for making this assumption after it was revealed that he had not visited the hospital to examine Charlie, not seen Charlie's contemporaneous medical records, viewed Charlie's brain imaging or read all of the second opinions about Charlie's condition. The parents want him kept on his ventilator for a time.

The pair originally wanted to take the baby back home for his final few days, but settled on transferring him to a hospice.

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