The High Court will decide tomorrow whether to allow terminally ill baby Charlie Gard to die at home. Great Ormond Street Hospital insist Baby Gard – who has brain damage and cannot move – should not be allowed home as his ventilator is too bulky to fit through his parents’ front door.
In a final blow after a five-month legal fight over their son’s healthcare, weary parents Connie and Chris Yates now face “obstacles” from the hospital in a High Court hearing today. On Monday, heartbroken Chris and Connie gave up their legal struggle to let little Charlie leave the UK for a trial treatment abroad because it was “too late” to help him.
Today barrister Grant Armstrong, who represents the husband and wife said GOSH were placing obstacles in their way by denying the parents’ wish to bring the tot home. In response, GOSH lawyers told the court: “Charlie is a child who requires highly specialised treatment. His care cannot be simplified. It must be provided in a specialist setting by specialists.” The court heard how GOSH “must honour his parent’s wishes” about where and when Baby Gard ends his life, but that he breathes with a ventilator which has to stay in hospital.