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Parents of UK baby Charlie Gard to return to court - Daily Mail

by Reuters
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:25 GMT

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LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will return to the London High Court on Tuesday for a hearing to decide whether their son should have his life support withdrawn at home or in hospital, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on its website.

The 11-month-old baby suffers from an extremely rare genetic condition causing progressive brain damage and muscle weakness, and his parents' long struggle to save him has drawn an international outpouring of sympathy.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates on Monday gave up their legal battle to prolong his life, saying Charlie's condition had deteriorated too far for any possible recovery.

The new hearing is due to take place at 1300 GMT, according to a court listing. A judicial office spokesman said he did not know what the hearing was about.

A spokeswoman for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, was not immediately able to provide details.

Charlie's plight has been the subject of a bitter dispute between his parents and the hospital.

The parents had wanted him to go to the United States to undergo an experimental treatment they believed had a chance of helping him.

But the Great Ormond Street doctors said it would not benefit him and would prolong his suffering.

The case drew comment from U.S. President Donald Trump, who tweeted on July 3 that "we would be delighted" to help Charlie, and from Pope Francis, who called for the parents to be allowed to do everything possible to treat their child. (Reporting by Costas Pitas, editing by Estelle Shirbon)

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