"It is impossible for any of us to comprehend or even begin to imagine the agony to which Charlie's parents have been subjected in recent weeks and months as they have had to come to terms with the decision that they have now made", he said in a judgement.
Their farewell to their tiny and precious baby touches the hearts of all who, like Pope Francis, have followed this sad and complex story. At a hearing Wednesday, the judge said Charlie will end his days in a hospice.
Connie Yates and Chris Gard on Monday ended their five-month legal battle to have him moved from Great Ormond Street hospital and taken to the USA for experimental treatment, after his condition deteriorated.They then fought to have him taken home, having said it was their "last wish" for Charlie to die at home.
It said the proposed treatment had never been tried on a human with Charlie's condition and no tests had ever been done on mice to see whether it would work on a patient like Charlie. We had the chance, but we weren't allowed to give you that chance. He will not be allowed to go home, as his parents wished.
Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British infant whose fight for life captured the world's attention, has died.
"Connie and Chris have conceded a hospice but it was not their first choice". They raised more than $1.5 million for his medical care. The hospital had argued that giving Charlie an experimental treatment in America would not help and could make him suffer.
Despite a petition calling on the Prime Minister to release the boy from hospital being signed by 110,000 people three judges at the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court's ruling on May 25.
On Thursday, High Court judge Mr Justice Francis approved a plan for Charlie to be moved to a hospice and have life support treatment withdrawn. He was then placed on a ventilator that was breathing for him. Mr Justice Francis says he will consider any new evidence. But doctors said Charlie's brain damage had been irreversible six months previously. He and a group of doctors examined Charlie last week and gave their expert opinions to the judge. The court battle began in March. But the Supreme Court agreed with the lower courts, saying it was in Charlie's best interests that he be allowed to die. If they couldn't take him home, they wanted to keep him alive on a respirator in a hospice facility so they could have several more days together. "It seems really upsetting, after everything we've been through, to deny us this", his mother said.
But doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital said the treatment was experimental and would not help. "The pain #CharlieGard parents must be feeling now is unimaginable".
The leader of the Catholic church has posted a tweet saying "I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him".
They abandoned their legal fight on Monday after concluding that Charlie had deteriorated to the "point of no return". Schindler spoke with LifeNews exclusively about their invitation. They called Charlie their hero. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.
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