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Charlie Gard's Mom Says Terminally Ill Baby Not Suffering

Friday, 07 July 2017 12:37 PM

LONDON (AP) — The mother of a terminally ill baby in London says that recent international support has revived her hopes for her son's future, and that he is not suffering.

Connie Yates told "Good Morning Britain" Friday that recent intervention attempts from Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump have played a role in extending her son Charlie Gard's time on life support.

The 11-month-old's life support was to end last Friday, after his parents lost their final appeal to have Charlie taken to the U.S. for experimental therapy.

The European Court of Human Rights sided with Great Ormond Street Hospital's decision that life support should end, saying therapy would not help and would cause more suffering. The London hospital has said that no one can be certain if Charlie, who has a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, feels pain.

Yates said five doctors told her the treatment could help Charlie.

"I've heard from doctors that there's around a 10 percent chance of this working for Charlie so I think that's a good enough chance to take," she said.

An online campaign to send Charlie to the U.S. for treatment has raised more than 1.3 million pounds ($1.7 million). A U.S. hospital has offered to ship the drug needed for the therapy to Britain for Charlie.

London-based medical ethicist Raanan Gillon said Friday that Charlie's parents should get the final say in whether or not their son receives treatment.

"I think the main ethical consideration is who should be making the decision about Charlie's best interests and my own view — though I have to say that most people disagree with me so far as I can find in the ethics world — my own view is that it should be the parents who decide," he said.

Yates said she and Charlie's father will meet with hospital staff in upcoming days to go over "new information" on the treatment.

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