MOSCOW, July 25 - RIA Novosti. A court in London on Wednesday will make a final decision on the fate of terminally ill 11-month-old boy Charlie Gard.
"I will make the final decision tomorrow, unless some completely new circumstances emerge," said Judge Nicholas Francis, quoted by Reuters.
The beginning of the court hearings in the boy's case is scheduled for 13.00 GMT (16.00 Moscow time).
The Charlie Garda case received widespread publicity after British courts and in June the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the child should be disconnected from ventilators and life support. According to the court's order, further treatment will "continue to cause significant harm to Charlie." The child is sick with a rare incurable genetic disease - mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.
But the parents of Charlie Connie Yates and Chris Gard were against such a decision until recently and wanted to continue to treat the boy. They raised about £ 1.3 million in donations to fund their son's experimental treatment in the United States. They also asked the Pope for help.
On Monday, it became known that Yates and Gard had withdrawn their request to send their son for treatment in the United States, effectively ending the legal battle for the right to treat the boy. According to their lawyer, "the time is up for Charlie, it is too late, the child is damaged, the treatment will not bring a chance of success."
Now the parents are asking the court to allow them to take the child home, but London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) claims that the boy cannot be taken home because he needs mechanical ventilation.