Judges at the Court of Appeal have ruled doctors can move Charlie Gard to palliative care, and stop providing the life support that is keeping him alive.
This means the family will not be allowed to travel to the US for treatment, despite raising the £1.3 million funds needed, through public appeal.
It has been reported that the couple will now take their appeal to the Supreme Court.
Just a few weeks ago Charlie’s parents, Chris and Connie, launched an appeal against a (different) judge’s decision to turn off their 8-month-old son’s life support (read about the case in full).
The story has touched the nation’s heart profoundly. There is a Facebook page, Charlie’s Army, for friends, family and supporters – and people are tying blue ribbons, printed with #charliesarmy, around cars, lamp posts and gates.
Plus, in the last few weeks parents Connie and Chris have appeared on a number of TV shows speaking of their anguish about the recent ruling and their determination to do everything they can to get Charlie treated in the US and have also shared this hugely touching video showing Charlie’s life from birth:
Speaking about the judge’s initial decision to allow doctors to terminate Charlie’s life support, dad Chris said:
“I still haven’t got my head around it. It was a week ago. I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I still can’t get my head around why we’re not allowed to take our boy for treatment that he so desperately needs.
“He’s probably the most stable baby in there, he’s not in pain, he’s not suffering because, if he was suffering and in pain, we wouldn’t sit by his bed and watch him suffer.”
A petition to Parliament – to allow Charlie to travel to the USA – was set up after the High Court decision was announced, and already has almost 80,000 signatures. And Charlie has a passport ready in case his treatment can go ahead.
Following their media appearances, Connie and Chris have been overwhelmed with messages of support on social media from those who have been following their story.
“The state should not be allowed to intervene,” said one commenter. “Any parent would want to do as much as they can for their baby.”
Another agreed: “They have raised the money themselves, and it’s THEIR son! Let them try the treatment.”
We will of course keep you updated with the latest news on this case.
Connie and Chris – our hearts are with you at this time ? ?
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