Charlie Gard’s Mother Leaves Courtroom In Tears, Shouts ‘What If It Was Your Child’


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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter
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Charlie Gard’s mother left the courtroom Wednesday in tears during a tense hearing over Gard’s end of life care options.

“What if it was your child,” Connie Yates shouted at the hearing before storming out in tears.

Yates has been at the court alone with lawyer Grant Armstrong, for the past two days as Chris Gard, Charlie Gard’s father, cares for their son in the hospital.

Great Ormond Street Hospital refused to concede to Yates’ requests at the Wednesday hearing, according to the Mirror, causing Yates to become more emotional.  Yates requested that the remainder of the discussions between the parents and the hospital be made private.

The parents and the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s (GOSH) lawyers did not reach any agreement. Yates requested that Gard be released from the hospital into hospice care for a week before being taken off life support. The hospital argued that neither allowing Gard to go home with the parents nor the parents’ hospice plan were possible and that Gard should be kept at the hospital. The hospital’s lawyers demanded that a decision be made today, and have said that Gard should either stay at the hospital or die the same day he is admitted to hospice.

“This can’t drag on into another day,” said Fiona Paterson, a GOSH lawyer.

Justice Francis, who is presiding over the hearing, ruled that the parents have until 12 p.m. Thursday to come to an agreement with the hospital over where Gard will be allowed to die.

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