Hearing on Charlie Gard case to resume Wednesday

Hearing on Charlie Gard case to resume Wednesday

Hearing on Charlie Gard case to resume Wednesday

Could ventilation be maintained on the way? Among them was the fact that the ventilator would not fit through the front door of Charlie's home.

Grant Armstrong, the barrister for the parents, accused Great Ormond Street Hospital of standing in the way of their final wish to take Charlie - who has a rare genetic condition - home.

London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where Charlie has been receiving treatment since October, argued that there are no doctors able to oversee Charlie's death at home and expressed concerns about getting the proper medical equipment into the couple's home.

But she said medics wanted to avoid hazards or mishaps and wanted to ensure Charlie was safe. The hospital had suggested a hospice option.

Minutes later Katie Gollop, the lawyer representing the hospital, said the couple had rejected an offer of mediation.

"Emotions are as high in this case as they could be in any", said the judge presiding over the case, Nicholas Francis. But so far attempts to find agreement have failed.

The Vatican also said in statement Monday evening that Francis "feels especially close to them at this time of vast suffering".

The judge said he would leave a window open and make his final decision on Wednesday.

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In his first season as a professional he was named Scottish Young Player of the Year and also made his global debut. Wherever they went in Hong Kong, the Liverpool travelling party were inundated by huge crowds of passionate fans.

The youngster was born a healthy baby but doctors discovered he had a rare inherited disease called infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS). He has suffered significant brain damage due to the disease and is now fed through a tube.

Lawyers for Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the High Court they wanted "a few days of tranquillity outside the hospital before Charlie passes away". We will continue to help and support families of ill children and try and make Charlie live on in the lives of others.

Charlie's parents believe waiting will ultimately cause him more suffering.

Judge Francis paid tribute to the parents "for the love and the care they gave to their child Charlie".

Some commentators portrayed the case as a clash between family and the state, and US conservatives used it to criticize Britain's government-funded health care system. GOSH applied to the courts to end treatment and block his parents' wishes to take their son to the United States for the experimental therapy.

Charlie - who suffers from a rare genetic condition causing progressive muscle weakness and brain damage - would turn a year old on August 4, but his parents believe he "unfortunately won't make his first birthday". Above all, GOSH wants to fulfil that last wish and has considered it very carefully.

The fight to save Charlie Gard, the British infant at the center of a worldwide debate about parental rights and medical treatment, is coming to a close.

The hospital added it was concerned to hear the professor state in the witness box at the High Court hearing on 13 July that he had a financial interest in some of the treatment he proposed prescribing for Charlie.

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