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Baby Charlie’s parents ‘denied their wish to take son home to die’

The couple said GOSH also said no to the baby dying in a hospice.

Charlie Gard’s parents say they have been denied their final wish to be able to take their son home to die.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, both in their 30s from Bedfont, west London, wanted 10-month-old Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, to be allowed to die at home.

But they say Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has denied them this request and the baby’s life-support will be switched off on Friday, MailOnline reported.

The couple also claim they are being rushed, despite having been promised they would have all the time they needed to say goodbye to their son.

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Chris Gard and Connie Yates had wanted to take their son to the US for treatment (David Mizoeff/PA)

In a video on MailOnline, Mr Gard said: “Our parental rights have been stripped away.

“We can’t even take our own son home to die, we have been denied that, do you not think we have been put through enough?

“Our final wish if it all went against us, and we have had this conversation many times, if we lose can we take our little boy home, to where he belongs, to die? And we are not allowed.

“We know what day our son is going to die and we don’t even get a say in what happens to him. He’s got to die in that place.”

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Charlie Gard with his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard (Family handout/PA)

Charlie’s parents said the hospital also said no to the baby dying in a hospice, and refused their offer to arrange private transport to their home.

A spokeswoman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said: “As with all of our patients, we are not able to and nor will we discuss these specific details of care.

“This is a very distressing situation for Charlie’s parents and all the staff involved and our focus remains with them.”

Ms Yates described the day Charlie was born, August 4 last year, as the best day of their lives but said June 30 2017, would be the worst.

Charlies parents wanted their son to undergo a therapy trial in the US, but specialists at GOSH said it was experimental and would not help.

They had asked European court judges in Strasbourg, France, to consider their claim after judges in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors.

But on Tuesday the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene.

Following the court’s decision, Great Ormond Street bosses said: “Discussions and planning in these situations usually take some days, based on the experience of our clinical teams.”

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