The wheels of justice moved far too slowly for little Charlie Gard. After months of fighting the British legal system for the right to seek specialized treatment in the U.S. for their 11-month-old son’s terminal illness, the parents of Charlie Gard are preparing to say goodbye to him.
On Thursday, a British judge ruled that the baby should be transferred to a hospice and taken off of life-support machines.
Blind and deaf from a degenerative genetic disorder, Charlie is not even able to move.
Judge Nicholas Francis placed a media blackout on identifying the hospice or any of the medical staff treating Charlie and gave no further information to reporters.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates were seeking permission to let their son die at home, but the judge wasn’t keen on that idea.
When it became apparent that the baby could no longer be transported overseas to be seen by American doctors, his parents gave up that battle and agreed to the judge’s orders to move him into a hospice for end-of-life care, but they said they wanted to assemble a team of specialist doctors so they could spend more time with him before his life-support is turned off.
Earlier this week, Charlie Gard’s parents ended their legal battle against Great Ormond Street Hospital to take their terminally ill son to the United States for experimental treatment. Grant Armstrong, attorney for Charlie’s parents, said that “time had run out” for the baby. Armstrong attributed the parents’ decision to an American doctor’s opinion that it was too late for the baby to receive nucleoside therapy.
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