Parents of Charlie Gard return to London High Court

Ray Weaver
July 28, 2017

However, while private healthcare is generally available only to those who can afford it, under this system "the customer is king", Harnwell said, adding that while people generally have good reasons for choosing one or the other, "my own instinct is always to trust people to chose responsibly for themselves". It's now unfortunately too late for him but it's not too late for others with this awful disease and other diseases.

Chris and Connie's lawyer Grant Armstrong said Charlie could be given a portable ventilator and oxygen supply.

Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome that causes progressive muscle weakness and has left him with brain damage and unable to breathe without a ventilator. He has remained at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London ever since. She said the stumbling block was the need for invasive ventilation, with air forced into Charlie's lungs.

His parents said the result was that because of the delays, the time frame when treatment would have helped had expired, and their son would never be helped by even the experimental treatment.

The case attracted global attention after U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis expressed support for Charlie's parents.

In a document presented to the court, the hospital's lawyers wrote Charlie should be safe and the baby must be spared all pain while protecting his dignity.

His parents later failed to overturn his ruling in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates accused bosses at Great Ormond Street Hospital of "brutality" for opposing the request and suggesting that he could go to a hospice instead. The hospital released a statement over the weekend saying some of their staff had received menacing messages, including death threats, in the wake of the case becoming an global story.

Charlie's parents condemned the abuse, and on Monday thanked the hospital for the care it had given their child.

The case has become the catalyst for discussions on health care funding, medical intervention, the role of the state and the rights of the child.

Judge Nicholas Francis criticized those "who know nearly nothing about this case but who feel entitled to express opinions". Presiding judge Nicholas Francis said emotions are high in this case.

Hirano previously said Charlie had an 11 percent to 56 percent chance of benefiting from the experimental treatment.

"Charlie has waited patiently for treatment".

Hirano came to London last week to examine Charlie along with other experts. But the case was back in court on Tuesday as Gosh and Charlie's parents again found themselves at odds, this time over where he should spend his final hours.

The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales also issued a statement July 24 in which they expressed their "deepest sympathy and compassion" for Charlie and his parents.

Nigel Farage has queried the amount of public cash that has been spent trying to prevent Charlie Gard's parents taking their baby to the United States for experimental treatment.

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