A London judge has ruled the terminally-ill baby will be moved from a hospital to hospice. Charlie’s parents fought to take him to the U.S. for experimental treatment but ended their months-long legal battle this week.
LONDONÂ â A British judge ruledÂ Thursday that terminally ill baby Charlie Gard should be transferred to a hospice where he will “inevitably” die within a short time.
The ruling marksÂ the end of a months-long legal battle brought by his parents centered on the infant’s right to life. The 11-month-old’s life-support machinesÂ will be switchedÂ off shortly after he is moved to the hospice. Charlie can’t breathe without a ventilator.
Judge Nicholas Francis did not say when the transfer would happen and placed a media blackout on identifyingÂ the hospice or any of the medical staff treating Charlie.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates, Charlie’s parents,Â were seeking permission to let him die at home, but they gave up on that after objections from the judge who worried about the practical implicationsÂ for a patient with complex care needs. Charlie’sÂ degenerative genetic disorder has left him unable to move. He is also deaf and blind.Â
In an earlier court hearing, the couple conceded that Charlie should be moved to a hospice for end-of-life care, but they had hoped to assemble a team of specialist doctors so they couldÂ spend more time with him before hisÂ life-supportÂ is turnedÂ off.
The judge hadÂ given Gard and Yates until noon London time (7 a.m. ET) to agree with the hospital on aÂ plan for extendedÂ care for Charlie at aÂ hospice. Because they were not able to do that, Francis approved the hospital’s plan to send him to the hospice.Â
The couple on Monday ended their legal battle to take CharlieÂ to the…