Thousands still being donated for Charlie Gard's treatment despite judge ruling

by Wade Massey April 13, 2017, 1:05
Thousands still being donated for Charlie Gard's treatment despite judge ruling

Devastated Connie Yates and Chris Gard wept outside the High Court after a judge sided with Great Ormond Street doctors, ruling they can turn off the baby's life-support machine.

There was a scream of "no" in the court as the decision was announced by Mr Justice Frances, who had analysed evidence over three days and visited the child in hospital.

He said she was still willing to carry out the treatment if the parents could afford it.

The couple said they were "devastated" by the decision and were struggling to understand why the judge didn't give him the "chance of treatment" - but said they would appeal.

"What parents would not do the same?"

The judge said experts agreed it could not reverse Charlie's brain damage, and that experimentation might benefit medical science but could not benefit the youngster. He said of the therapy offered in the United States: "I dare say that medical science may benefit objectively from the experiment but experimentation can not be in Charlie's best interests unless there is a prospect of benefit for him".

London firm Bindmans, whose public law and human rights solicitor Laura Hobey-Hamsher is acting for the parents, said Yates and Gard want to look carefully at the reasons behind the court's decision and are considering what they can do now.

One specialist claimed it was not "tolerable" to leave Charlie as he is and he found it hard to see how he could benefit from any treatment.

They want him to be moved to palliative care and had asked the judge to rule that it is legal to withdraw life-support treatment, BBC reported.

A GoFundMe page set up by the couple to help pay for treatment in the U.S. has raised more than £1.2 million.

Lawyers representing Great Ormond Street said treatment would continue until appeal decisions had been made.

'Most importantly of all, I want to thank Charlie's parents for their courageous and dignified campaign on his behalf, but more than anything to pay tribute to their absolute dedication to their wonderful boy, from the day that he was born'.

'It is too simplistic to say that had matters been handled better, Charlie would be well, but undoubtedly, it did not assist'.

Charlie's mother Connie Yates indicated what would happen to money raised if the judge went against their wishes.

She added: 'These are not easy issues, and they remain utterly committed, like any parent, to wanting to do their utmost for their child.

A spokesperson for GoFundMe said the crowdfunding organisation and the couple would decide privately on the future of the raised funds.

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