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Charlie Gard parents end legal fight for 'beautiful' baby

Charlie Gard parents end legal fight for 'beautiful' baby
From BBC - July 24, 2017

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have 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 "time had run out" for the baby.

Mr Gard said it meant his "sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy" will not reach his first birthday on 4 August.

"To let our beautiful little Charlie go" is "the hardest thing we will ever have to do", his mother said.

Charlie's parents said they made the decision because a US doctor said it was now too late to give Charlie nucleoside therapy.

"We only wanted to give him a chance of life," Ms Yates told the court in a statement.

"A whole lot of time has been wasted," she added.

"We are sorry we could not save you."

Their lawyer Grant Armstrong said the parents' worst fears had been confirmed because it was now too late to treat Charlie.

Charlie Gard's medical case explained

He told the presiding judge Mr Justice Francis that US neurologist Dr Michio Hirano had said he was no longer willing to offer the baby experimental therapy after he saw the results of a new MRI scan last week.

He added Mr Gard and Ms Yates, from Bedfont, west London, hoped to establish a foundation so that Charlie's voice "continues to be heard".

'Our beautiful boy'

In a statement read outside the court on Monday, Mr Gard said their son was an "absolute warrior" and they "could not be prouder of him."

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