Timeline of baby Charlie Gard case in court before his death

Here is a timeline of the life of Charlie Gard, the British baby with a rare genetic condition who died on Friday following a lengthy legal battle over his treatment:


August 4 — Charlie Gard is born at full term. He is described as being “perfectly healthy”.

Baby Charlie Gard sentenced to death by Human Rights Court

September — Doctors discover he has a rare inherited disease: infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

October 11 — Charlie has become lethargic and his breathing is shallow. He is transferred to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH).


January — A crowd-funding page is set up to help pay for trial therapy in the United States.

March 3 — GOSH asks high court judge Nicholas Francis to rule that Charlie’s life-support treatment should stop.

April 11 — Following a hearing, Francis rules that doctors can stop providing life support.

May 3 — Charlie’s parents ask judges in the higher Court of Appeal to consider the case.

May 23 — Three Court of Appeal judges analyse the case and dismiss the couple’s appeal two days later.

June 8 — Charlie’s parents lose their fight in the Supreme Court, Britain’s highest court.

June 20 — Judges in the European Court of Human Rights start to analyse the case.

June 27 — ECHR judges concur with the British court decision to withdraw life support.

July 2 — Pope Francis calls for the couple to be allowed to “care for their child until the end”.

July 3 — US President Donald Trump tweets: “If we can help little Charlie Gard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the pope, we would be delighted to do so.”

July 4 — Bambino Gesu, the Vatican’s children’s hospital in Rome, offers to take in Charlie.

July 10 — His parents ask Justice Francis to conduct a fresh analysis.

July 17 — Michio Hirano, the New York neurology professor who offered to treat Charlie, examines the boy and discusses the case with GOSH.

July 21 — GOSH says new scan makes for “sad reading”.

July 24 — Charlie’s parents end their legal fight, saying: “We are so sorry that we couldn’t save you.” Their lawyer told the High Court: “This case is now about time. Sadly time has run out.”

July 25 — Charlie’s parents and GOSH are back in court to discuss the family’s wish to take their son home.

July 26 — After GOSH says the ventilator will not fit in the family home, his parents agree Charlie should spend his last days in a hospice, but they do not agree on how long he should stay there on life support.

July 27 — A court plan means he will move to a hospice, where his life-support treatment will be withdrawn soon afterwards.

July 28 — Gard dies, a week short of his first birthday.

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