Parents of terminally ill infant drop fight, agree to let him die

Trevor Jackson
July 30, 2017

In a surprise move, the family's lawyers and mother Connie Yates returned to the High Court on Tuesday after abandoning legal action the previous day over treatment for the 11-month old, who is now on life support.

The parents of Charlie Gard, whose battle to get their critically ill baby experimental treatment stirred global sympathy and controversy, have ended their legal effort. His parents have resisted, arguing that an experimental treatment could extend and improve Charlie's life.

Yates was in court for the hearing before judge Nicholas Francis.

"At this moment it is important to remember that all involved in these agonising decisions have sought to act with integrity and for Charlie's good as they see it".

"We are now in July and our poor boy has been left to lie in hospital for months without any treatment while lengthy court battles have been fought".

The case gained global attention after Charlie's parents received support from Pope Francis, U.S. President Donald Trump and some members of the U.S. Congress.

The family was pinning its hopes on a therapy proposed by Dr Michio Hirano, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Centre, that has helped children with a different version of Charlie's condition regain some functions.

On Monday the couple abandoned their months-long battle to take Charlie to the United States for experimental treatment.

Gosh said its thoughts were with Charlie Gard's parents as they spent their last hours with their son.

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"There is one simple reason why treatment can not now go ahead", the heartbroken father said.

"This case is now about time", Mr Armstrong said.

"Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner, he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy boy", Gard said in a statement as supporters chanted "Justice for Charlie".

But, despite this tragedy, the liberal media appeared to take the side of doctors and experts in the nationalized British hospital system (known as the NHS) over the desires of the child's parents.

Grant Armstrong said Chris Gard and Connie Yates have held discussions with Great Ormond Street Hospital about sending Charlie home, but that there were obstacles. However they backed their earlier decision that not to treat Charlie based on the "irreversible neurological damage" he had suffered, meaning they believed any chance of therapy improving his condition "had departed".

"Rather, it confirms that whilst NBT may well assist others in the future, it cannot and could not have assisted Charlie", the hospital said.

And so this highly personal predicament, in which needs and wishes of child, parents and the medical professionals had to be carefully balanced, became very adversarial, ending in that most pugilistic of arenas - the High Court.

Outside court, Mr Gard said that Charlie "won't make his first birthday in just under two weeks' time". "Charlie, we love you so much. we're sorry we couldn't save you".

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