Judge: Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice, not home

A High Court judge is set to decide where the terminally-ill baby will end his life after the little boy's parents and hospital bosses became embroiled in a new legal fight

Yates has been at the court alone with lawyer Grant Armstrong, for the past two days as Chris Gard, Charlie Gard's father, cares for their son in the hospital.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard fought a long battle against the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, drawing global attention, to bring their son to the US for experimental treatment.

Great Ormond Street said it had "moved heaven and earth" to find a hospice willing to take Charlie but even so his death must take place on the day he arrives, for insurance reasons.

Mr Justice Francis has been hearing their arguments in the High Court and has yet to rule. His parents accept that his condition has deteriorated to the point where the experimental treatment would not work. Their lawyer accuses Great Ormond Street Hospital of putting obstacles in their way.

He added: "It seems to me the time has come when a decision has to be taken to a very, very sad conclusion".

GOSH said the front door of the home in Bedfont, London, was too small for the ventilator to fit through, and suggested a hospice.

Charlie Gard, the sick British boy whose parents' legal battle against doctors has divided opinions across the globe, will die in hospice care.

Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease.

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On Wednesday Mr Justice Francis said that if the parents and the hospital didn't agree an alternate care plan by noon Thursday, Charlie would be transported to a hospice - where he would live for just a few hours.

He issued an order barring publication of the name of the hospice and the date when Charlie is taken there.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street said the therapy would not help.

It was previously determined Charlie will be moved to a hospice and taken off life support "shortly after" if no agreement was met.

The decision follows months of legal argument which culminated in Charlie's parents eventually dropping their battle to take him to the U.S. for experimental treatment on Monday.

"The parents wish for a few days of tranquility outside of a hospital setting", he said.

British courts, backed by the European Court of Human Rights, refused permission, saying the parents' plan was not in Charlie's best interests. "Despite his condition in January, Charlie's muscles were in pretty good shape and far from showing irreversible catastrophic structural brain damage". "We can not know if Charlie would have responded to the experimental therapy". The London children's hospital opposed that, saying it would not help and would cause Charlie suffering.

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