This is absolutely heartbreaking. Please pray for the Gard family.
Charlie Gard’s parents are ending their legal fight to give their baby a chance at life.
After their five-month legal battle with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and the European court system, Chris Gard and Connie Yates say it is now “too late” for any experimental treatment to help their 11-month-old recover.
“Sadly time has run out. For Charlie it is too late,” says the parents’ lawyer, Grant Armstrong. “The parents’ worst fears have been confirmed.”
Charlie has a rare mitochondrial disease. His parents raised more than $1.5 million to transfer him to the U.S. for experimental treatment, but British and European courts ruled that his hospital can block his parents’ wishes and pull the 11-month-old’s life support.
U.S. expert Dr. Michio Hirano examined Charlie for five hours last week. But Armstrong told a UK court this morning that Hirano could no longer offer Charlie experimental therapy after seeing the latest MRI scan.
The parents, said Armstrong, are setting up a new charity to help other children with Charlie’s condition. Through that effort they hope his voice “continues to be heard,” he said.
“Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy,” Connie Yates told the court today.
The parents insisted, based on consultation with Dr. Hirano, that Charlie had normal brain function in January and could have largely recovered. But, they say, the hospital wasted precious months fighting them in court while Charlie’s muscles deteriorated to the point that treatment was no longer possible.
“There is one simple reason for Charlie’s muscles deteriorating to the extent they are in now – TIME. A whole lot of wasted time,” they said.
“This is one of the hardest things that we will ever have to say and we are about to do the hardest thing that we’ll ever have to do which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go.”
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