A decision over where terminally ill baby, Charlie Gard will be allowed to die will be made on Wednesday. (July 26)
His parents want to bring him home but Great Ormond Street hospital says it won’t be possible for practical reasons.
The London children’s hospital say the key obstacle to Charlie being taken home to die was that the invasive ventilation he requires can only be provided in a hospital setting.
It has proposed that Charlie be transferred to a hospice instead.
On Monday (July 24 ) Connie Yates and Chris Gard abandoned their legal fight to prolong their son’s life after being told it was too late to help the him.
The 11-month-old baby suffers from an extremely rare genetic condition causing progressive brain damage and muscle weakness.
The case has made international headlines, drawing comment from U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis among many others.
Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a brief statement that the Pope “is praying for Charlie Gard and his parents and feels especially close to them at this time of immense suffering.”