- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Judges on the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled against parents who wanted to keep their terminally ill infant on life support.

The tribunal upheld a ruling from a court in the United Kingdom saying it was in Charlie Gard’s “best interests” to die.

The 10-month-old’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, raised more than £1.4 million ($1.6 million) on a GoFundMe page to pay for an experimental treatment in the U.S.

But the human-rights court, which is the final legal avenue for appeal, sided with doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London who said they want Charlie to “die with dignity.”

Charlie suffers from a rare disorder called mitochondrial depletion syndrome (MDDS). He is unable to breathe unassisted and has brain damage.

His life support machine will likely be turned off in the next few days, the BBC reported.

In his April 11 decision, High Court Justice Nicholas Francis said there was no “scientific” basis to support moving Charlie to the U.S., even though his parents raised the funds for the treatment themselves.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts,” Justice Francis wrote, “but with complete conviction for Charlie’s best interests, that I find it is in Charlie’s best interests that I accede to these applications and rule that GOSH may lawfully withdraw all treatment save for palliative care to permit Charlie to die with dignity.”

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