Charlie Gard will not be maintained in life

CHILDREN'S HEALTHJudge Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice not home	Email		
							
				
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CHILDREN'S HEALTHJudge Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice not home Email none

The deadline had passed with no decision announced and the judge made the decision to send him to hospice care where he will "inevitably" die soon after a ventilator is turned off.

A court order says Charlie will continue to be treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for a "period" of time before being moved to the hospice, which can not be named for legal reasons. The 11-month-old's life-support machines will be switched off shortly after he is moved to the hospice.

Gard and Yates wanted to take their son home to die, "but his doctors said it would be hard to provide him with special ventilators there", Kakissis reports.

His parents have since been trying to find an intensive care doctor to oversee a plan that would allow Charlie to be ventilated in a hospice for several days so that they could bid farewell to their son, whose birthday falls on August 4.

A British judge approved the transfer plan on Thursday, days after Charlie's parents dropped their efforts to receive experimental treatments.

Charlie was diagnosed at only eight weeks old with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome a rare genetic disorder and has been the center a life and death case that has gained global attention.

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Judge Francis had scheduled a two-day hearing to consider fresh evidence by Dr Hirano who had come to London from Columbia Medical Center in NY to examine Charlie. He said nurses from Great Ormond Street Hospital volunteered to care for him.

His parents then tried to find an intensive care doctor to oversee a plan that would allow Charlie to be ventilated in a hospice for several days.

The case caught the attention of US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and the cause garnered widespread grassroots support.

Francis didn't say when Charlie will be moved and barred reporters from identifying the hospice and staff treating Charlie.

In Britain, courts make right-to-life decisions, not patients or families. "It is too late (...)". Charlie is unable to move his arms or legs or breathe unaided.

Mr Gard and Ms Yates made the decision after U.S. neurologist Dr Michio Hirano said he was no longer willing to offer their son experimental treatment, having examined Charlie's latest brain scans.

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