Charlie Gard’s parents had to leave the courtroom by the time the judge finished explaining his verdict.
(Please help to save Charlie’s life – GoFundMe)
Two parents broke Tuesday, a London judge told them their 8-month-old baby could be taken off the life support, against their will, the Guardian reports.
Charlie Gard was born with a mitochondrial depletion syndrome, that causes worsening muscle weakness, and damage to the brain. Only 16 children all over the world are thought to have. The judge said that he displayed in his judgment “with the heaviest of hearts” but that “Charlie’s interest” to make the transition from him to palliative care and allow him the opportunity to “die with dignity.” The judge went on to praise the “absolute dedication” of Chris Gard and Connie Yates to their child—they raised $1.5 million on GoFundMe for experimental treatment in the US—but Gard and Yates had to leave the courtroom by the time the judge was finished with explaining his verdict, according to the BBC.
Charlie has irreversible brain damage, is blind and deaf, and requires a ventilator to breathe, the Telegraph reports. But the doctors say that he can still feel pain.
The judge found the love of Charlie on life support to move him to the U.S. for treatment could result in him unnecessary suffering. Even the AMERICAN expert provides for the treatment of Charlie says that his condition probably would not improve.
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Charlie will be kept on life support for three weeks, while Gard and Yates, who say they are “devastated” and facing “every parent’s worst nightmare,” decide whether to appeal against the ruling.
(These parents gave to “everything” to keep sick baby alive.)
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