Charlie Gard

Little Charlie Gard Dies

By JORDAN KENDALL 

LONDON – We bring you sad news on this Friday evening, little Charlie Guard has sadly died. Little Charlie made the world come together in hope and solidarity.

Pope Francis, Donald Trump and countless lawyers, US Hospitals and Pharmaceutical companies tried to help the sick youngster.

Britain’s courts decided they knew best and let him die, Charlie could’ve had a chance in the US with experimental treatment – but it seems the UK Legal system has higher authority than a child’s parents.

After a harrowing legal battle that prompted a global debate over who has the moral right to decide the fate of a sick child, a judge on Thursday ordered that Charlie could be moved to a hospice where the ventilator that keeps him alive will be turned off.

His parents had sought first to take him home but Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said that was not possible due to the ventilation Charlie needs, they then asked for several days in a hospice to bid farewell to their son.

But they were unable to find doctors to oversee such an extended period of time and so a judge ruled that Charlie could be moved to a hospice to die.

“GOSH have denied us our final wish,” his mother, Connie Yates, was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“Despite us and our legal team working tirelessly to arrange this near impossible task, the judge has ordered against what we arranged and has agreed to what GOSH asked,” she said. “This subsequently gives us very little time with our son.”

Great Ormond Street Hospital, a pioneering pediatric centre, said that it deeply regretted the breakdown in relations with Charlie’s parents, in a case that has involved months of legal wrangling and has even drawn comment from U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

“Most people won’t ever have to go through what we have been through, we’ve had no control over our son’s life and no control over our son’s death,” Charlie’s mother said.

“We just want some peace with our son, no hospital, no lawyers, no courts, no media, just quality time with Charlie away from everything, to say goodbye to him in the most loving way.”

Aditional Content provided by:
Guy Faulconbridge
Louise Ireland

© Reuters

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