Doc­tors told to keep ill baby on life sup­port

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

Doc­tors have been told to con­tinue pro­vid­ing life­sup­port treat­ment to a ter­mi­nally ill baby at the cen­tre of a high-pro­file le­gal bat­tle for another three weeks to give judges in the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights time to an­a­lyse the case.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates want ten-month-old Char­lie Gard, who suf­fers from a rare ge­netic con­di­tion and has brain dam­age, to un­dergo a ther­apy trial in the US.

Spe­cial­ists at Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal for Chil­dren in Lon­don, where Char­lie is be­ing cared for, say ther­apy pro­posed by a doc­tor in the US will not help.

Char­lie’s par­ents hope judges in the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights will come to their aid. Stras­bourg judges say they will treat the case with the “ut­most ur­gency”.

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