Parents withdraw legal action over their sick baby

Parents withdraw legal action over their sick baby

Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced at the High Court that they are no longer fighting with London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to allow him to fly out to the USA to receive experimental treatment for Charlie's rare mitochondrial disease.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates have given up their legal fight to take their 11 month old son Charlie Gard overseas for life saving treatment.

Emotions ran high as the parents relayed in court that USA doctors determined it was "too late" for Charlie to receive the experimental treatment that had fueled their hopes for his survival.

The family's lawyer, Grant Armstrong, told the court that the experimental therapy is "no longer in Charlie's best interests", CBS News reported.

"We've made a decision to let our son go. he's not braindead but a whole lot of time has been wasted".

"Irreversible muscular damage has been done and the treatment can no longer be a success".

But his parents wanted him to be given an experimental treatment by specialist Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Centre in NY.

"Whatever the strong emotions raised by this case, there can be no excuse for patients and families to have their privacy and peace disturbed as they deal with their own often very stressful situations or for dedicated doctors and nurses to suffer this kind of abuse", she said.

"These parents should know that no parent could have done more than they did for their child", said Justice Nicholas Francis, who is presiding over the case.

Judges also said it would be "futile" for Charlie to have further treatment because he has irreversible brain damage and can not see, hear or move. "It is hoped that those who, like the professor, have provided the opinions that have so sustained Charlie's parents, their hopes and thus this protracted litigation with its many consequences, will also find much upon which to reflect".

The father of critically ill child Charlie Gard says the infant will not make his first birthday in less than two weeks.

The child's case won worldwide attention, with Ms Yates and Mr Gard receiving support from Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates arrived at the High Court in tears as they ended their six-month campaign to save his life. Over the weekend, they communicated their desire to spend all the time they can with Charlie whilst working with the hospital to formulate the best possible plan for his end of life care.

"Charlie has waited patiently for treatment".

A campaigner holds a banner to show support for allowing Charlie Gard to travel to the United States to receive further treatment, outside the High Court in London, Britain, July 10, 2017. He said they wanted lessons to be learned.

Mr Justice Francis paid tribute to the family and said no-one could comprehend their agony.

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