Charlie Gard's parents given more time before life support is switched off

EU Court Sentences 8 weeks Old Baby To Death

Charlie has mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which means he can not hear, move, cry or swallow.

"Baby Charlie", as he came to be known, can not breathe on his own, has seizures, and suffered severe brain damage as a result of his disease.

The term depletion refers to the markedly decreased amount of mitochondrial DNA found in muscle, liver and brain tissues in these disorders. His likelihood of survival is slim.

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have been given extra time to make "precious memories" with their son before his life support is switched off. While his parents want him to stay on life support, his doctors do not agree.

Charlie Gard's mum and dad have been told by doctors that he will have to be in hospital when his life support is turned off today. Charlie's parents disagreed with the hospital's conclusion, and that is exactly what they did.

Charlie's parents appealed the ruling unsuccessfully several times - first with the Court of Appeals of England and Wales, then with the United Kingdom Supreme Court.

The video follows a decision of the European Court of Human Rights rejecting the parents' appeal to allow Charlie to undergo experimental medical treatment in the USA, ending the couple's lengthy legal battle.

Center-right Forza Italia Senator Lucio Malan called on Italian President Sergio Mattarella to "intervene with Queen Elizabeth" in order for the child not to be taken off life support, which he said was an "execution".

Charlie is now receiving life-sustaining treatment at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, where the baby and his parents have lived for months following his devastating diagnosis of mitochondrial depletion syndrome.

Chris Grad, father of Charlie said: "Our parental rights have been stripped away. We know what day our son is going to die but don't get a say in how that will happen".

"(The) decision by the European Court of Human Rights marks the end of what has been a very hard process and our priority is to provide every possible support to Charlie's parents as we prepare for the next steps", the spokeswoman said.

The couple had been set on Charlie coming home to die if it were to come to that. The judge concluded that a palliative care regime would be in the best interests of baby Charlie.

Now Charlie's parents say they are not even permitted to take him home to die.

A Great Ormond Street spokesperson stated that there is "no rush" to end Charlie's treatment.

Anti-migrant and anti-euro Northern League leader Matteo Salvini said the decision amounted to a "homicide" and strongly criticized doctors for reportedly refusing the parents' request to take their child home to die after their last appeal against their decision was denied.



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