The London hospital treating terminally ill baby Charlie Gard told a court on Tuesday that the key obstacle to Charlie being taken home to die was that the invasive ventilation he requires can only be provided in a hospital setting. Mia Womersley reports.
The parents of British baby Charlie Gard have told a London court their last wish is to take him home to die. Their lawyer accusing the hospital treating him of putting obstacles in their way. But Great Osmond Street Hospital says it would like Charlie to go home - if it is practical. It believes the intensive ventilation he needs is only provided in a hospital setting and cannot be installed at the parents' home. Charlie's parents decided on Monday that time had run out for the terminally ill boy to have treatment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FATHER OF TERMINALLY ILL BABY CHARLIE GARD, CHRIS GARD, SAYING: "As Charlie's devoted and loving parents, we've decided it's no longer in Charlie's best interest to pursue treatment and we will let our son go and be with the angels. But there is one simple reason why treatment cannot now go ahead, and that is time. A whole lot of time has been wasted." Their announcement brought an end to a five-month legal battle of both the UK and European courts to take Charlie for experimental therapy in the U.S. It came after an American doctor said he was no longer willing to offer him the treatment having reviewed the results of a new MRI scan. The case garnered unexpected international attention. And heated debate about whether doctors or parents should decide a child's fate. Support poured in from U.S. President Donald Trump and the Pope. 11-month-old Charlie suffers from a rare genetic disease that left him with muscle weakness and severe brain damage. British doctors argue that the unproven treatment was unlikely to help. Connie Yates said her son could have lived a normal life had be been given the treatment earlier. Staff at the hospital where Charlie is on life support have received death threats and abuse. The judge hearing the case, Nicholas Francis, said no parents could have done more for their child.