Court rules hospital can withdraw life support for sick baby Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard has a rare genetic disorder known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

Story highlights

  • Life support to be withdrawn Friday, Charlie's parents said
  • The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of the hospital
  • Charlie's parents have been fighting to bring their son to the US for an experimental treatment

(CNN)The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday a hospital can discontinue life support to a baby suffering from a rare genetic disease. His life support will be switched off Friday, his parents said.

Born in August, Charlie Gard has a rare genetic disorder known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. Caused by a genetic mutation, it leads to weakened muscles and organ dysfunction, among other symptoms, with a poor prognosis for most patients.
Charlie is on life support and has been in the intensive care unit at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London since October. His doctors wish to take him off life support, but his parents disagree.
    Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, wanted the hospital to release Charlie into their custody so they can take him to the United States for an experimental treatment.
    "The domestic courts concluded that it would be