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>> A British judge has approved a plan to move British baby Charlie Gard to a hospice to die. On Monday, Connie Yates and Chris Gard reluctantly accepted that there was no hope for the terminally ill 11-month-old after a harrowing legal battle. When taking him home was ruled out, they then said they wanted a private medical team to look after their son in a hospice several days before his death.
But a lawyer for Charlie's court appointed guardian said no hospice could provide care for intensively ventilated children for an extended period of time. The past five months have sparked a worldwide debate over who should decide the fate of an ailing baby, as Reuters Cassandra Garrison reports.>> Social media is really what propelled this case from a private family matter to the center of global attention.
And that really started with his parent taking their plight to social media, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Popular hashtags around Charlie's story like his name had more than a million uses since the beginning of June. People were searching for Charlie Gard's name more frequently than they were actually searching for Prime Minister Theresa May's name in the UK in July.
And worldwide, then the search term healthcare bill which is, of course, a huge story in the United States. The frenzy of social media around this case actually has had an impact in the courtroom, with the judge presiding over the case coming out and saying that one of the pitfalls about social media is that people from all around the world feel that they can weigh in and offer an opinion about it when those opinions aren't necessarily always based on evidence.
And he also called out some comments that he deemed absurd that Charlie was a prisoner of the UKs publicly-funded national healthcare system.>> Charlie suffers from an extremely rare condition causing progressive brain damage. His parents had wanted to take him to the United States for ground-breaking treatment. Britain's courts, backed by the European court of human rights, refused, saying it would prolong Charlie's suffering without any realistic prospect of helping him.
The youngster will now be transferred to a hospice, and his ventilation tube removed. The name of the hospice and the exact timing will not be released to the public.