Ill baby’s death put off till later in U.K.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON — A ter­mi­nally ill Bri­tish baby will be given “more time” be­fore life sup­port is with­drawn, the 10-month-old boy’s par­ents and a Lon­don chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal said Fri­day, days after the fam­ily lost a le­gal bat­tle to take him to the U.S. for trial ther­apy.

Char­lie Gard, who suf­fers from a rare ge­netic con­di­tion and brain dam­age, can’t breathe un­aided. Ear­lier in the day, par­ents Chris Gard and Con­nie Yates said they had ex­pected Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal to end life sup­port for Char­lie on Fri­day.

But hours later, the hos­pi­tal said in a state­ment that “to­gether with Char­lie’s par­ents we are putting plans in place for his care and to give them more time to­gether as a fam­ily.”

Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials also asked that the fam­ily and the hos­pi­tal staff be given “space and pri­vacy at this dis­tress­ing time.”

It’s not clear how long life sup­port will be con­tin­ued for Char­lie.

On Tues­day, the par­ents lost a bid to take Char­lie to the U.S. for trial ther­apy when the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights sided with ear­lier rul­ings, in­clud­ing in Bri­tish court, that con­tin­ued treat­ment would cause “sig­nif­i­cant harm” and that life sup­port should end.

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