Parents withdraw legal action over their sick baby

Tuesday, 25 Jul, 2017

Grant Armstrong, the lawyer for Chris Gard and Connie Yates, told the U, K, High Court on Monday that experts have said that the "window of opportunity no longer exists".

Exposed to the world's searchlight and denied the chance to live out their family tragedy in private, the parents of little Charlie Gard could only apologise to him.

The parents said it was the first time they had been told about the latest results in the crucial test of brain function.

"We do not and have not ever condoned any threatening or abusive remarks towards any staff member".

"All we wanted to do was take Charlie from one world-renowned hospital to another", Mr Yates said.

CHARLIE GARD'S parents have ended their legal fight over treatment for the terminally ill baby.

"No parent could have done more for their child", he said.

"We owe it to Charlie to not let his life be in vain."
"Charlie, we love you so much. we're sorry we couldn't save you".

Doctors at the trust believe the life support should be turned off but the child's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, want to take him to the United States for experimental treatment, resulting in a series of High Court hearings. Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

"We have more sorrow than we have words to say", Katie Gollop, a lawyer for the hospital, said. "It is now too late to treat Charlie".

Their hopes came to an end at the weekend, after Michio Hirano, the USA neurologist who had offered an experimental drug therapy, finally accepted an invitation that had been open since Christmas to come to London and see Charlie.

Protesters who wanted Charlie to receive the experimental treatment rallied outside the courthouse, including some who came from as far as the United States.

Hospital chairwoman Mary MacLeod said the London police have been contacted because of numerous threats received by the hospital's employees in the case.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates had been fighting to take him to the U.S. for experimental treatment.

Seizures that began before Christmas caused irreversible neurological damage and "any chance that NBT might have had of benefiting Charlie had departed", leading to the decision in February to withdraw life support. They say life support treatment should stop. "In this country, children have rights independent of their parents", Judge Francis said.

The judge had scheduled a two-day hearing to consider fresh evidence after Dr. Michio Hirano, an American neurology expert from Columbia Medical Center in NY, came to London to examine the child.

Charlie was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, an inherited mitochondrial disease generally referred to as MDDS, or mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. Even US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis have weighed in on the discussion, with Trump offering "to help". Staff have received abuse both in the street and online.