Judge rules against more life-support treatment for baby Charlie Gard

Doctors can withdraw life-support treatment from a baby with a rare genetic condition against his parents' wishes, a High Court judge has ruled.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 11th April 2017, 2:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:57 pm
Charlie Gard.
Charlie Gard.

There was a scream of ‘no’ in the court as the decision about eight-month-old Charlie Gard’s care was announced by Mr Justice Francis, who had analysed evidence over three days and had visited the child at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Specialists at the hospital in London think it is time to stop providing life support treatment for Charlie.

Doctors say the boy, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should move to a palliative care regime.

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But Charlie’s parents, who are both in their early 30s, disagree.

Postman Chris Gard and Connie Yates, of Bedfont, west London, want to be allowed to take him to a hospital in the US for a treatment trial.

Mr Justice Francis ruled that life-support treatment should stop after analysing evidence at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Charlie, who was born on August 4, 2016, has a form of mitochondrial disease, a condition which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

His parents launched an appeal on the GoFundMe website two months ago, saying they needed £1.2 million to fund treatment.

They reached their target on Sunday and more than 80,000 people have donated money.