A U.K. hospital will take a 10-month-old off life support after his parents lost a court battle designed to prolong his life. A European court was not convinced that the baby could be saved with an experimental treatment in the U.S.
The ruling was issued Tuesday by the European Court of Human Rights, which decided that prolonging Charlie Gard’s life would just cause him unnecessary suffering.
The baby was born with a very rare condition – mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, and his mom and dad fought vigorously in court and on social media to keep him alive. The parents think that an experimental treatment could save him.
‘The Decision Is Final’
British doctors, on the other hand, believe the infant’s case is hopeless. In the Great Britain, a parent’s right over his or her child are not absolute. Multiple lower courts gave negative rulings, and the Gards have hoped that the ECHR would be more understanding.
Seven justices ruled Tuesday that the baby’s suffering should be put to an end. “The decision is final,” the ECHR ruled. The baby is kept alive at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The healthcare facility said that they are not “rushing” to take him off life support.
A spokesperson for the hospital also said that the boy’s parents would get “every possible support” in the process. It is unclear where the parents wanted to take Charlie to in the U.S. They managed to raise over $1.6 million through social media and crowdfunding websites for the treatment.
British doctors are skeptic about the U.S. treatment, but the parents insist that the baby should get one last chance.
“He literally has nothing to lose but potentially a healthier, happier life to gain,”
Chralie’s parents wrote in a blog post.
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