European court ‘sentences 8-week-old baby to death’

first_imgCharlie is currently on life support, as only one of 16 babies worldwide with the currently incurable disease. Image courtesy: Daily Post Charlie is currently on life support, as only one of 16 babies worldwide with the currently incurable disease. Image courtesy: Daily PostCharlie, an eight-week-old baby has been sentenced to death by A European Human Rights Court.Backing the call of British doctors who reported the matter saying it would be kinder to let Charlie die, the court gave its verdict on a case of human rights that will compel a couple to allow their sick baby to die.The parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have been involved in a long legal battle to save Charlie, after he was diagnosed with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a serious genetic illness.Charlie is currently on life support, as only one of 16 babies worldwide with the currently incurable disease.Doctors are developing treatments for various mitochondrial conditions, including the nucleoside treatment that Charlie’s parents were fighting for.Chris Gard and Connie Yates were in court to determine whether they, as parents, had the right to continue to provide medical treatments for their son or if he should be allowed to die.The parents of the 10-months old baby wants the court to let them use a potentially life-saving drug from the U.S. on their son. The Gards believe that the drug (which is still experimental), would help their son’s genetic condition rather than allow him to die as doctors have recommended, Daily Post reported.However, a ruling yesterday by the court held that the application by the parents was “inadmissible.” The court said that the baby was being exposed to continued pain, suffering and distress in pursuit of treatments that were unsure. It added that any additional treatment would continue to cause harm to the baby, stressing that its ruling is “Final.”The EHRC also removed the interim measure to keep Charlie’s life support in place.A spokesman for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie has been treated since October, told the parents that there is “no rush” to remove Charlie’s life support, adding that “any future treatment will involve careful planning and discussion.”The hospital has said that though there is a deadline in place for Charlie, they wouldn’t have to follow it exactly. The discussion and planning will take some days to work out.Eulast_img