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Charlie ‘not allowed to die at home’

Final wish: Charlie with his parents PICTURE: PA

CHARLIE GARD’S parents say they have been denied their wish to be allowed to take him home to die.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who said Great Ormond Street Hospital had turned down the request, also claimed they were being rushed into saying goodbye to their gravely ill baby.

They say the life-support machine sustaining the ten-month-old will be switched off today — after doctors said earlier this week there was no hurry.

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?’

Charlie, who has brain damage and suffers from a rare genetic condition, is to be switched to palliative care after his parents lost a legal battle for the right to take him for therapy in the US.

The couple, in their 30s, were forced to accept defeat after the European Court of Human Rights declined to intervene in the case this week. The UK’s Supreme Court previously ruled they could not take him to America as the therapy had no chance of success and might prolong Charlie’s suffering.

Chris and Connie, from Bedfont in west London, say Great Ormond Street rejected their offer to transport Charlie to their home themselves and also refused to let him go to a hospice.

The renowned children’s hospital in central London said: ‘We are not able to discuss specific details of care.’