Charlie: Parents concede baby can die in hospice

2017-07-26 18:02
Chris Gard, the father of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, reads a statement at the end of their case at the High Court in London. (Matt Dunham, AP)

Chris Gard, the father of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, reads a statement at the end of their case at the High Court in London. (Matt Dunham, AP)

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London - Charlie Gard's parents are conceding that he will die in a hospice and not at home as they had previously wished.

Connie Yates, the mother of the critically ill baby at the centre of an international medical and legal battle, returned to London's High Court to request a medical team that could keep her son alive for a week under hospice care rather than a few hours.

Yates is asking to be allowed to choose the team that would care for Charlie.

The request made on Wednesday indicated that the parents have backed away from their earlier expressed wish to take Charlie home for "a few days of tranquility" before his ventilator is disconnected and he is allowed to "slip away".

Great Ormond Street Hospital said it was not practical to provide life-support treatment for days at the couple's home.

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