Charlie Gard: Parents given deadline of noon on Thursday to reach agreement over son's final moments

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The parents of Charlie Gard have been given until noon on Thursday to reach an agreement with hospital bosses over their son’s final moments.

No full agreement has yet been reached over the details of little Charlie’s final days, although both parents and doctors have agreed the baby will be taken to a hospice to die.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard had said they wanted Charlie to spend his final moments with them at home but doctors said it was not practical to provide life-support treatment at home. They say a hospice would be a better plan.

The couple today had a change of heart and dropped their bid to take Charlie home to die. They said they have found a team of doctors willing to take the terminally ill 11-month-old to a hospice for “a week or so” before dying.

But lawyers added Charlie’s parents were still in dispute with doctors over the detail of care plans.

Ms Yates left court crying on Wednesday, shouting: “I hope you are happy with youselves”.

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Connie Yates, the mother of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard, arrives at the High Court on Wednesday. (Getty Images)

Mr Justice Francis began analysing the current dispute over moving Charlie at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court on Tuesday and said he would make a decision on Wednesday. 

But he halted a hearing this afternoon so that all parties could have discussions. A lawyer has since told the judge that agreement has not been reached.

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Chris Gard and Connie Yates speak to the media after ending their legal fight to take Charlie to the US for experimental treatment (Getty Images)

Mr Justice Francis told the court if parties could not agree by noon on Thursday, Charlie would move to a hospice and life support treatment would end soon after that move.

Mr Gard and Ms Yates, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, had originally asked Mr Justice Francis to rule that Charlie should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in New York.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street said the therapy would not help and that life-support treatment should stop.

Mr Justice Francis in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

Charlie’s parents subsequently failed to overturn his ruling in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

They also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.

The couple returned to court recently, saying they had new evidence and asking Mr Justice Francis to change his mind.

But they abandoned their legal fight on Monday after concluding that Charlie had deteriorated to the “point of no return”.


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