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Charlie Gard's parents await decision from European Court of Human Rights

13 Juin 2017

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who want to take their 10-month old son, Charlie Gard, to the US for treatment, has brought a plea to the European Court of Human Rights after losing their appeal at the U.K. Supreme Court on Thursday.

Judges in Strasbourg, France, ruled that Charlie should receive treatment until Tuesday while they look at paperwork in the case.

They have told doctors in London to provide life-support treatment to Charlie until midnight on Tuesday as they examine papers filed by his parents' lawyers.

Mr Justice Francis concluded that life support treatment should end and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

Charlie, who was born on August 4 past year, has a form of mitochondrial disease, a condition which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

But the determined parents have refused to give up, taking their fight to the Court of Appeal where they begged senior judges not to stop them trying to save their badly brain-damaged son.

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The Guardian reported that three court of appeal judges upheld the decision in May, and three supreme court justices dismissed the parents' latest challenge on Thursday, following a hearing in London.

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

Charlie's parents, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, have appealed for money on a GoFundMe page to cover doctors' bills in America. They reached a £1.2 million target before the High Court trial and well-wishers have continued to donate. That figure has now topped £1.3m, consisting of more than 83,000 donations.

A spokeswoman for the court stated that the judges have not yet decided whether to hear oral evidence from the lawyers representing Charlie's parents and that they are considering written submissions that have been sent to Strasbourg. Yates screamed when the supreme court justices announced their decision.

Richard Gordon QC, who leads the couple's legal team, told the Supreme Court that the state was not "entitled to cause a child's life to be extinguished".

She said this was "proof" he should be allowed to make the trip.

Charlie Gard's parents await decision from European Court of Human Rights