Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

The Battle For Charlie Gard Has Ended In Defeat

The Battle For Charlie Gard Has Ended In Defeat

The parents of terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard have ended their legal fight to transport him to the USA for experimental treatment, concluding a months-long saga that has raised almost $1.75 million and elicited support from Pope Francis and President Trump.

A lawyer representing Charlie's parents told Mr Justice Francis that "time had run out".

Speaking outside the court Monday, Yates said: "Charlie did have a real chance of getting better".

Recent tests found Charlie has irreversible muscular damage.

Charlie Gard's parents have ended a legal fight over treatment for the terminally-ill baby.

"Due to the delay in treatment that window of opportunity has been lost " Armstrong said.

The hospital also noted its "surprise and disappointment" that the doctor who provided evidence for a last minute intervention, Dr Michio Hirano, stated in court on 13 July he had not visited the hospital to examine Charlie, read his notes or seen his brain scans.

Mr Justice Francis said he would not re-run the case but would consider any "new material".

But Armstrong said the parents made a decision to withdraw from the case after Hirano was no longer willing to administer the therapy after he saw the results of a new MRI scan of Gard's brain.

The parents of Charlie Gard, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have withdrawn their legal challenge before the High Court in London, England.

Conor Sullivan‏ said that Charlie Gard wouldn't even be alive for his parents to complain about his treatment if not for GOST hospital doctors & nurses.

Francis said: 'To most like-minded people, a National Health Service Trust is as much an arm of the state as is a local authority. Among other symptoms, Charlie Gard has no vision or hearing, nor can he swallow.

The court battle fueled an end-of-life debate, which lead to Pope Francis, President Trump and other USA lawmakers weighing in.

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said "the agony, desolation and bravery" of their decision "command GOSH's utmost respect and humble all who work there".

The 11-month-old's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard said they did not condone such behaviour.

Charlie Gard's mother delivered a tearful tribute to her "absolute warrior" son as she confirmed his life support will be turned off before he reaches his first birthday in two weeks' time.

Judge Francis had scheduled a two-day hearing to consider fresh evidence by Dr Hirano who had come to London from Columbia Medical Center in NY to examine Charlie.

"We have more sorrow than we have words to say", Katie Gollop, a lawyer for the hospital, said.

"It is no longer in the best interests to pursue treatment, we will let our son go", she said.

Connie explained that new scientific evidence had come to light that the experimental medication she and Charlie's dad Chris want to test on their son could be successful.

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