Charlie Gard's mom says he's not suffering

2017-07-07 22:42
Support for baby Charlie Gard. (Ben Stansall, AFP)

Support for baby Charlie Gard. (Ben Stansall, AFP)

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London - The mother of a terminally ill baby in London says that recent international support has revived her hopes for her son's future and that he is not suffering.

Connie Yates said on Friday that recent intervention attempts from Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump have played a role in extending her son Charlie Gard's time on life support.

Brain damage

The 11-month-old's life support was to end last Friday, after his parents lost their final appeal to have Charlie taken to the US for experimental therapy.

The European Court of Human Rights sided with Great Ormond Street Hospital's decision that life support should end, saying therapy would not help and would cause more suffering. The London hospital has said that no one can be certain if Charlie, who has a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, feels pain.

Yates said five doctors told her the treatment could help Charlie.

"I've heard from doctors that there's around a 10% chance of this working for Charlie so I think that's a good enough chance to take," she said.

An online campaign to send Charlie to the US for treatment has raised more than £1.3m. A US hospital has offered to ship the drug needed for the therapy to Britain for Charlie.

Ethics world

London-based medical ethicist Raanan Gillon said that Charlie's parents should get the final say in whether or not their son receives treatment.

"I think the main ethical consideration is who should be making the decision about Charlie's best interests and my own view - though I have to say that most people disagree with me so far as I can find in the ethics world - my own view is that it should be the parents who decide," he said.

Yates said she and Charlie's father will meet with hospital staff in upcoming days to go over "new information" on the treatment.

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