'What if it was your child?' Charlie Gard's mum distraught as agreement over son's final moments still not reached

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The distraught mother of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard said “I hope you are happy with yourselves” as she left court crying after fighting over her son’s final moments.

Connie Yates, became distressed as the judge made his decision to issue a deadline of noon on Thursday for doctors and Charlie’s parents to reach an agreement.

Both parties have agreed that Charlie should spend his final moments at a hospice, but the details of his care plans are still in dispute.

Parents Ms Yates and Chris Gard had wanted to take their son home to die but today had a change of heart after finding a team of doctors willing to take Charlie to a hospice for “a week or so” before dying.

On Wednesday afternoon, when an agreement was expected to have been reached, lawyers told Mr Justice Francis that no deal had been made.


Charlie Gard has a rare genetic disorder and brain damage. (PA)

The judge said if an agreement could not be reached by noon on Thursday, Charlie would be moved to a hospice and life support treatment would end soon after.

Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, became distressed as the judge made his decision. She left court crying and said: “I hope you are happy with yourselves.”

According to the Mirror, she also shouted: “What if this was your child?”


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

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.


Supporters of Charlie Gard’s parents have been outside court most days. (Reuters)

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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