Charlie Gard to remain on life support for six more days

Charlie Gard's parents to discover result of European Court of Human Rights appeal

Connie Yates and Chris Gard discover the fate of their appeal today (Credit: Twitter @sujon_mia2005)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will remain on life support, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

The court ruled that the treatment will continue until midnight on Monday (June 19) as judges consider an appeal by Charlie's parents to be allowed to take him to the United States.

Judges had initially promised a decision today, but now want more time to reach their verdict.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard, from London, are seeking to take 10-month-old Charlie – who has brain damage and a rare genetic condition – to receive a therapy called nucleoside from US specialists.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital are looking to remove life support from the infant, saying the American treatment won’t help.

A High Court judge ruled in favour of the hospital in April, and three judges in the Court of Appeal upheld this ruling.

The couple tried to lobby the Supreme Court to overrule this decision, and the court concluded Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity - prompting Charlie's parents to take the case to Strasbourg.

Papers filed by the couples’ lawyers have said they should be allowed to make any decisions about Charlie’s treatment, unless it might pose harm to him.