Doctors can withdraw child's life-support AGAINST parents' wishes - court rules

A British High Court judge has ruled that doctors can allow a baby to "die with dignity" despite his parents' wish to take him to the United States for treatment.

But his doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London said he has irreversible brain damage and asked the courts for permission to begin palliative care.

Mr Justice Francis heard that Charlie, who was born on August 4, had a form of mitochondrial disease, a condition which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

However, Charlie's parents' legal representative argued that traveling to the USA for treatments would not have cause Charlie significant suffering or harm and could have given him another chance.

"What parents would not do the same?"

Specialists at the children's hospital in London believe there is nothing more they can do for the sick infant and have advised he move to a palliative care regime.

'We won't give up on him because he has a rare disease.

She said they had three weeks to formulate an appeal and wanted time to consider their next step.

A GoFundMe spokesman said officials would have discussions with Charlie's parents about what would happen to the money raised for treatment. "The Great Ormond Street Hospital has made an application and it is my duty to rule on it, given that the parents and the hospital can not agree on the best way forward".

The couple have been inundated with pledges, with more than 80,000 people donating just over $2 million AUD in total.

There was a scream of "no" in the court as the decision about eight-month-old Charlie's care was announced by Mr Justice Francis.

He said that 18 people had been treated with nucleoside bypass therapy - though none of them were in such a severe condition - and conceded that Charlie's therapy was "clearly unchartered territory because no one has done this".

Justice Francis continued: "Most importantly of all, I want to thank Charlie's parents for their fearless and dignified campaign on his behalf, but more than anything to pay tribute to their absolute dedication to their wonderful boy, from the day that he was born". "I am in no doubt at all that he and Connie are Charlie's proud parents".

She added: 'These are not easy issues, and they remain utterly committed, like any parent, to wanting to do their utmost for their child.

"Understandably, Charlie's parents had grasped that possibility, they have done all they could possibly have done, they have very publicly raised funds".

"We've never been so stressed in our lives but we'd do it all again in a heartbeat because you are worth every ounce of pain and every single tear!"

  • Ernesto Newman