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A judge ruled that baby Charlie should be taken off life-support

A judge ruled that baby Charlie should be taken off life-support

Specialists at Great Ormond had asked for a legal ruling on whether it had the right to withdraw life-support treatment. They concluded that he was experiencing significant harm in being kept alive with no prospect of any improvement in his condition, but that taking him to the USA for treatment would also not help him - in fact, on the basis of the available medical evidence, they thought it could cause him more pain and suffering. Currently, Charlie is blind, deaf, and severely brain damaged due to his condition.

Dear Charlie, dear parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates, we are praying for you and with you.

The full text of the EHRC ruling has not yet been made public; and the court has stated their decision is "final".

It marks the end of months of legal battles with numerous courts for Charlie's parents, as the European court decision closes the last legal option for the family. On June 8, Charlie's case was lost in the Supreme Court. Charlie is now on life support at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, and a spokesperson said the hospital would not "rush" to take him off it.

According to the medical professionals at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Charlie Gard has no chance of survival.

His parents have raised almost 1.4 million pounds ($1.8 million) for Charlie's treatment.

Since no other treatment was effective in Gard's case, his parents wanted to take him to the USA where he was supposed to receive an experimental treatment called nucleoside bypass therapy.

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In the proceedings before the ECHR, Charlie's parents argued a number of points, including that under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to life) that the hospital had blocked access to treatment in the U.S. and that, under Article 5 (right to liberty and security) he was being "unlawfully deprived of his liberty".

It added that "consequently", the court "also considered that it was appropriate to lift the interim measure" which had required doctors to continue providing life support treatment to Charlie. Doctors are developing treatments for the various mitochondrial conditions, including the nucleoside treatment Charlie's parents have been fighting for.

If we don't raise enough money then we wont be able to go to America for treatment and Charlie will die!

"If Charlie doesn't get this chance, we will make sure that other innocent babies and children will be saved", she said.

"There will be no rush by Great Ormond Street Hospital to change Charlie's care and any future treatment plans will involve careful planning and discussion".

The Catholic Church has offered its sympathy for Charlie his parents, saying the situation is "heart-rending" for his parents and family.


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