Charlie Gard has recently been the focus of many legal and ethical debates.
With the liberal-biased European court system failing him, Charlie Gard’s family is left with little other than to give up the legal battle.
As a result, his mother recently made one last heartbreaking request to medical officials.
Charlie’s family wishes to bring him home, so he can “slip away” when he is ready.
Breitbart News reported:
The mother of the critically ill baby at the center of an international medical and legal battle returned to London’s High Court on Tuesday, asking a judge to let the family take Charlie home for “a few days of tranquility” before his ventilator is disconnected and he is allowed to “slip away.”
After months of court hearings over the 11-month-old baby’s fate that drew attention from Pope Francis, U.S. President Donald Trump and people around the world, discussion came down to the mundane, heart-wrenching details of ending a life: How could Charlie be transported from a hospital to his parents’ west London home? Could ventilation be maintained on the way? Would his ventilator fit through the front door of the house?
“The parents’ last wish is to take Charlie home for a few days of tranquility outside the hospital,” family lawyer Grant Armstrong said in a written statement.
He accused London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, of putting obstacles in the way of that outcome.
The hospital’s lawyer, Katie Gollop, said Great Ormond Street wanted “above all” to fulfill the parents’ last wish, but also had to take the baby’s best interests into account.
Yet the hospital Gard has been kept in for several months is trying to refuse her request.
Officials from the hospital claim it is unsafe to move the infant, even though his family has accepted his fate and wishes him to live out his final days in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by loved ones.
“The care plan must be safe, it must spare Charlie all pain and protect his dignity,” she said.
The hospital said Charlie would be able to die with dignity, surrounded by his family, in a hospice. Armstrong said Charlie’s parents regarded that as the second-best option, “a notch better” than the hospital.
Charlie Gard has a rare disease known as mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which inhibits his breathing and left his brain damaged.
For months, Charlie’s parents have been fighting to have him treated in the United States–a proposition made by President Trump himself.
But the court system sided with Great Ormond Street Hospital, who claimed the move would leave the young child suffering.
President Trump promised the ultimate care for Gard if he were to make it to the states.
Unfortunately, the decision of the courts has pushed Charlie Gard’s family to accept his fate, and enjoy what’s left of their precious time together.
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