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Charlie Gard’s parents end their legal battle

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The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have this afternoon ended their legal challenge to take him to the US for experimental treatment.

A lawyer representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the High Court that “time had run out” for the baby.


Grant Armstrong said Charlie’s parents had made the decision after a US doctor said it was too late to give him nucleoside therapy.

They had raised £1.3m to take the 11-month-old abroad for treatment.

Charlie Gard aged 10-months-old and suffers a rare genetic condition, he is brain damaged and has been on life support since October.

His Parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates have now cancelled their legal battle lost after new evidence came to light.

They had previously lost their legal battle to take the youngster to America for experimental treatment.

The Judges at the European court agreed today that the majority of them would not hear the case which would be their “final” decision meaning Charlie’s life support will be turned off.

They said that they believe the British courts have made the right decision when they found that the baby Charlie should be allowed to “die with dignity”.

Judges have now also lifted the interim court order which required to keep him on life support at the Great Ormond Street Hospital while the case was being considered.

Sadly this marks the road of the end of a legal battle and Charlie’s support machine will sadly be switched off.

Specialists who have been looking after Charlie believed his life support machine should be stopped because the proposed US treatment had no realistic chance of success and the baby was probably in constant pain and suffering.

Charlie’s parents argued that doctors had overstated the extent of their son’s condition and that he should be allowed a chance of treatment and a life.

US President Donald Trump had offered to fly Charlie to the United States for treatment​ while the Pope also offered treatment​.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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