Will Charlie Gard be allowed to go home to die? Decision today

Friday, 28 Jul, 2017

Baby Charlie Gard was baptized and his parents "trust that soon" he "will be in the hands of his loving God and savior", a Presbyterian minister and human rights activist working with them said.

"We are now going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie, who unfortunately won't make his first birthday in just under two weeks' time, and we would ask that our privacy is respected at this very hard time", the couple said.

Many have accused the court of intentionally "running out the clock" on Charlie and his family, in what commentator Jonah Goldberg described as a sadly ideal example of the legal principle "justice delayed is justice denied".

But they said Charlie's parents were still in dispute with doctors over the detail of care plans.

Father Chris Gard delivered an emotional speech on the steps of the High Court yesterday as their most recent attempt to bring Charlie to NY to be treated with an experimental therapy pioneered by Dr Michio Hirano, saying that "time had run out" for his son.

The fact is, the chance for any hope at all was quashed by the United Kingdom courts that barred Charlie's parents from pursuing treatment for their son, something that seemed to elude ABC.

But they said there were practical difficulties in providing the intensive care Charlie needs outside a hospital, and the judge said the chances of him being able to spend his final days at home were "small".

Barrister Katie Gollop QC, who led Great Ormond Street's legal team, said staff were not creating obstacles.

The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have pleaded for help from doctors to take him home to die, with a judge set to decide later where he will spend his final days. It was indicated that the judge is leaning towards sending the baby to a hospice- an option supported by the hospital and preferred by the parents to a hospital death.

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

But a lawyer for Charlie's parents, Grant Armstrong, said moving the 11-month-old to a hospice for just a period of hours would be brutal.

"SAVE CHARLIE GARD" People gather outside the High Court in support of continued medical treatment for critically-ill 11-month old Charlie Gard who is due to be taken off life support, in central London on July 13, 2017.

Charlie has brain damage and is unable to breathe or move his limbs unaided.

While the Church "certainly doesn't teach that people should be kept alive "at all costs, '" he said "the question isn't so much about knowing 'when to let go" but about the moral responsibility of parents wanting to choose when to make that decision for themselves".

"We promised Charlie every day we would take him home", she was quoted as saying by British media. "Our poor boy has been left to lie in hospital for months, without any treatment, while lengthy court battles have been fought".

Their final request to a judge this week was to be allowed to take Charlie home to die.

Charlie was born on August 4, 2016, to the parents of Connie Yates and Chris Gard.