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Charlie Gard life support 'too big to fit through front door', court told

Terminally ill Charlie Gard might not be allowed to die at home because his life support system is too big to fit through the front door, a court was told.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard Credit: PA

Parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates were today involved in a fresh legal tussle with Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The couple yesterday abandoned their efforts to get Charlie treated in America after new tests showed his condition was untreatable.

Charlie Gard's mother Connie Yates Credit: PA

Mr Gard and Miss Yates want to spend the final hours with their son at home in Bedfont, west London.

But GOSH barrister Katie Gollop QC told the court Charlie relied on a specialist hospital equipment to allow him to breathe.

These resource cannot be provided by Great Ormond Street to Charlie at his parents' home. Great Ormond Street is aware that there are other practical problems, one being that the ventilator does not fit through the front door.

– KATE GOLLOP QC, GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL BARRISTER

The hospital has recommended Charlie be moved to a hospice but the couple's barrister said they wanted him moved to the family home.

The parents wish for a few days of tranquility outside of a hospital setting. We struggle with the difficulties which the hospital is placing in the way.

– GRANT ARMSTRONG, PARENTS' BARRISTERGRANT ARMSTRONG, PARENTS' BARRISTER

The case continues.