Charlie Gard's parents given more time before life support is turned off

Devastating: Charlie Gard, the baby at the center of a fierce legal battle for alternative treatment options, is likely to sadly die today

Devastating: Charlie Gard, the baby at the center of a fierce legal battle for alternative treatment options, is likely to sadly die today

The couple had been set on Charlie coming home to die if it were to come to that.

That's right. The hospital refused to allow the mother to breast feed her child and refused to allow them to seek alternative treatment on their own dime, at no cost to taxpayers.

After the ECHR's decision, Gard and Yates said they had begged the hospital to be given the weekend for friends and family to see Charlie but that their plea had been rejected.

Earlier this week the European Court of Human Rights backed that decision saying further treatment would "continue to cause Charlie significant harm", agreeing with judges in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. However, doctors in the United Kingdom have insisted the child, who can no longer see, hear, or move, has no chance of survival and that taking him off life support is in his best interest, The Washington Post reported.

The parents of Charlie Gard, the critically ill baby whose fate has been the subject of a protracted legal battle, say they have been granted more time to spend with him before his life support is withdrawn. "This is a very distressing situation for Charlie's parents and all the staff involved and our focus remains with them".

On June 30, Charlie's life support will be removed.

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.

So we chose to take Charlie home to die and we have said this for months, that that is what we want.

Charlie Gard was born on August 4, 2016. His lungs only function with the aid of a machine and doctors say he has irreversible brain damage.

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The parents also claimed that the hospital also said no to the baby dying in a hospice, and turned down their offer to arrange private transport to their home.

However, on Friday, Yates told Mail Online: "We have been in talks today with Great Ormond Street and they have agreed to give us a little bit more time with Charlie".

Charlie's plight has touched many people and the family received donations totalling more than £1.3 million to take him to the U.S. for therapy.

In the first week of March, officials at Great Ormond asked the court to rule that the life support treatment for baby Charlie should stop.

His parents had campaigned for doctors to keep him alive so he could travel to the U.S. for treatment.

Since there is a disagreement over the infant's medical care between the patient's guardians and the doctor attending to his condition, the final decision on what would be the best course of action for the child could be left up to the courts, according to the British Medical Association.

He is now kept alive on an artificial ventilator at London's Great Ormond Street hospital. Chris and Connie are spending the last few hours with their son before the life support withdrawal.

Charlie's parents raised 1.3 million British pounds to pay for the USA treatment, but were still told they couldn't make use of it. They urged him to grant their son his "one shot". In October, he was transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The judge concluded that a palliative care regime would be in the best interests of baby Charlie. From there, the condition quickly escalated and Charlie has been hooked up to a ventilator ever since.

Yesterday, Chris Gard and Connie Yates put forth yet another emotional appeal to the general public and Charlie's supporters.

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