5. A Shocking Twist
Just when they were starting to see some hope for Charlie’s future, another obstacle was put into Chris and Connie’s path.
In April 2017, the hospital treating Charlie took his parents to the High Court. They argued that it was in Charlie’s best interests for the therapy in America not to be given and for ventilation to be withdrawn instead.
4. Taken To Court
Under UK law, most decisions about a child’s treatment are made by his parents while consulting with his doctors. When there is a serious disagreement, however, the parents or the doctors can to go to court and ask a judge to decide whether treatment should be given or withdrawn.
3. Withdraw All Treatments
In this case, with “the heaviest of hearts, but with the complete conviction for Charlie’s best interests,” the judge ruled that the hospital could withdraw all of Charlie’s treatments except palliative care “to permit Charlie to die with dignity.”
Keep reading to see what Charlie’s parents did next…
2. All The Way To The Supreme Court
Charlie’s parents have appealed his case up to the UK Supreme Court, but on June 8, 2017, an appeal filed by their attorneys was denied, with the judges ruling that the therapy would be “futile.”
The next day, in response to a request filed by Charlie’s parents, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the hospital should continue to provide life-saving treatment while they examine the case.
Will Charlie ever receive his treatment? Here’s what’s next…
1. The Final Verdict
On June 27, 2017, Chris Gard and Connie Yates lost their final legal bid to take their son to America for treatment. The European Court of Human Rights sided with the specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital and concluded it was most likely Charlie was “being exposed to continued pain, suffering, and distress.”
Great Ormond Street Hospital said the decision marked “the end of what has been a very difficult process” and its priority was to provide support for Charlie’s parents.
“There will be no rush to change Charlie’s care and any future treatment plans will involve careful planning and discussion,” a hospital spokesman said.