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Charlie Gard judgement: European Court rules that doctors should stop life-support

Charlie Gard judgement: European Court rules that doctors should stop life-support

His family have raised more than £1.2 million ($1.5 million, 1.4 million euros) online for the treatment, through more than 80,000 donations.

The European Court of Human Rights says that a British hospital can end life support for a terminally ill baby whose parents waged a legal battle to take him to the US for experimental treatment.

The gravely ill ten-month-old will be allowed to die as the decision leaves parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard with no further legal avenues open to them.

But his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, from Bedfont, west London want him to undergo a therapy trial in the US.

BBC health correspondent Fergus Walsh said it is likely Charlie's life support machine will be turned off within a few days following discussions between the hospital and his family.

"(The) decision by the European Court of Human Rights marks the end of what has been a very hard process and our priority is to provide every possible support to Charlie's parents as we prepare for the next steps", it said.

The couple have raised almost £1.4 million, after launching an appeal to pay for treatment in American on a GoFundMe website four months ago, and more than £300 has been donated since Strasbourg judges announced their decision.




The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday a hospital can discontinue life support to a baby suffering from a rare genetic disease.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London had already said therapy proposed by a doctor in America was experimental and wouldn't help, instead saying his life support should end.

However the European judges said they could not overule the British court jugdement.

Lawyers representing Charlie's parents had argued that the couple's human rights and Charlie's human rights were being undermined.

Mr Justice Francis concluded that life-support treatment should end and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

It said the United Kingdom courts had concluded, "on the basis of extensive, high-quality expert evidence, that it was most likely Charlie was being exposed to continued pain, suffering and distress and that undergoing experimental treatment with no prospects of success would offer no benefit, and continue to cause him significant harm".


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