Charlie Gard's Parents Given 'More Time' With Terminally Ill Baby

Charlie Gard and his parents to get more time together before he's forcibly removed from life support

Charlie has mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which means he can not hear, move, cry or swallow.

Charlie was born with mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a condition that affects the DNA responsible for converting food into energy to power the body's cells. He has severe brain damage and progressive muscular weakness, and can not move or breathe unaided. His likelihood of survival is slim.

Charlie Gard, the 10-month-old baby in the United Kingdom who is afflicted with a rare mitochondrial disease, will have his life support withdrawn after his parents lost their appeal to transport their son to the United States for an experimental treatment.

On June 27, and despite the almost £1.4m the parents of Charlie Gard have raised on GoFundMe to pay for his trip to the USA, the European Court of Human Rights upheld earlier lower court decisions to allow doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital to end Charlie's suffering by removing him from life support. They are not permitted to take him home, and they say that the hospital is "rushing" to turn off the ventilator.

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected an appeal filed by the parents to enable Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage from which he will not recover, to undergo treatment in the US.

Center-right Forza Italia Senator Lucio Malan called on Italian President Sergio Mattarella to "intervene with Queen Elizabeth" in order for the child not to be taken off life support, which he said was an "execution".

Charlie's parents even had set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for the treatment and they have collected £1.4million for the U.S. treatment which is being denied to Charlie even by the court itself. Previously, they have said that they would like their son to pass away at home, not in a hospital.

In a video posted on YouTube on Thursday, they wrote: "We are utterly heartbroken spending our last precious hours with our baby boy". Please respect our privacy while we prepare to say the final goodbye to our son Charlie'. We and most important Charlie have been massively let down throughout this whole process. Doctors said his life support treatment should be replaced with palliative care so Charlie could "die with dignity".

His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, made their final appeal to the Strasbourg court after their UK Supreme Court challenge failed.

In response to these claims by Yates and Gard, the Great Ormond Street Hospital refused to comment publicly on their decisions regarding the end of life care of Charlie Gard.

His parents had complained that the hospital wouldn't allow Charlie to be brought home to die.

According to the BBC, Connie Yates previously stated that if she and her partner were not allowed to take Charlie to the USA for the experimental treatment, they would put the money donated to them by members of the public toward helping other children with mitochondrial disease. Specifically, doctors have claimed that took keep Charlie alive would "continue to cause Charlie significant harm".

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