Charlie Gard’s parents have announced that they are reluctantly giving up the fight for their son’s life after medical experts said the “window of opportunity” for treatment is gone.
“For Charlie, it is too late --- treatment cannot offer a chance of success,” lawyer Grant Armstrong said on behalf of Connie Yates and Chris Gard to the U.K. High Court on Monday.
Glenn talked about the tragic story on Monday’s radio program The case was supposed to be heard again in court, but doctors have said that too much time has passed for any treatment to help the baby.
Charlie, who would have celebrated his first birthday on Aug. 4, was diagnosed as terminally ill after being born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. He has been in the hospital since September 2016, according to the Telegraph. Unable to move or breathe on his own, Charlie has been at Great Ormond Street Hospital in England while his parents fought to take him to the U.S. for experimental medical treatment.
British courts ruled that doctors had the right to decide when Charlie would be taken off life support to die, which was due to happen more than a month ago. His parents crowdfunded more than £1.3 million to cover his medical care in the U.S., and support for Charlie came from around the world.
After the story became international news in the “death with dignity” battle, the hospital allowed U.S. experts to come to the U.K. and examine Charlie. Apparently, they were too late following months of Yates and Gard being tied up in court.
“Mum and dad love you so much. We always have and always will, and we say sorry we didn’t save you,” Yates said Monday while reading a statement to the court. “We had a chance and we were not allowed.”