Sick Char­lie ‘a pris­oner of the state’

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY KAREN ROCK­ETT

CRIT­I­CALLY ill baby Char­lie Gard has been “taken pris­oner by the NHS and by the state”, a fam­ily spokesman said in a TV in­ter­view last night.

Alas­dair Se­ton-mars­den said if his par­ents were rich in­stead of “or­di­nary peo­ple” the 11-month-old would be free to re­ceive un­tried ther­apy in the US.

He added: “Baby Char­lie wouldn’t have be­come what is es­sen­tially a pris­oner of the state.”

Char­lie’s par­ents Chris Gard and Con­nie Yates are fight­ing a High Court bat­tle to stop doc­tors turn­ing off his life sup­port.

Dr Mi­chio Hi­rano, who would give the tot treat­ment for his ge­netic con­di­tion in New York, is due to travel to Lon­don on Tues­day to ex­am­ine him.

BAT­TLE Tot’s mum and dad

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