UPDATE JULY 28th 2017 1:40p.m. EST: 11-month-old Charlie Gard has died Friday, July 28th, 2017 after being removed from life-support by Great Ormond Street Hospital. Charlie’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates said in a statement, “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”
Charlie Gard’s parents ended their legal fight over treatment for their 11-month-year-old terminally-ill baby boy Monday, July 24th, 2017. Connie Yates read a statement in court saying “The last 11 nearly 12 months have been the best, the worst and ultimately life-changing months of our lives but Charlie is Charlie and we wouldn’t change him for the world. All our efforts have been for him. This is one of the hardest things that we will ever have to say and we are about to do the hardest thing that we’ll ever have to do which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go. All we wanted to do was take Charlie from one world renowned hospital to another world renowned hospital in the attempt to save his life and to be treated by the world leader in mitochondrial disease. We feel that we should have been trusted as parents to do so but we will always know in our hearts that we did the very best for Charlie and I hope that he is proud of us for fighting his corner. We are struggling to find any comfort or peace with all this, but one thing that does give us the slightest bit of comfort is that we truly believe that Charlie may have been too special for this cruel world.”According to Barrister Grant Armstrong “Damage to Charlie’s muscle and tissue was irreversible,” and that “the parents’ worst fears have been confirmed, it is now too late to treat Charlie”.
According to Barrister Grant Armstrong “Damage to Charlie’s muscle and tissue was irreversible,” and that “the parents’ worst fears have been confirmed, it is now too late to treat Charlie”.
Following their decision in UK High Court, Chris Gard spoke to the public and the media outside the UK High Court saying “We are so sorry that we couldn’t save you.” Mr. Yard also blamed the courts saying that “a whole lot of time has been wasted,” and “Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner, he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy.” Charlie’s father also had this to say about his son, “We all have to live with the ‘what-ifs’ which will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Our son is an absolute warrior and we could not be prouder of him and we will miss him terribly. His body, heart, and soul may soon be gone but his spirit will live on for eternity and he will make a difference to people’s lives for years to come. We love you so much, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you. Sweet dreams baby, sleep tight our beautiful little boy, we love you.”
This latest development ends a 5-month legal battle over Charlie’s future. The couple had already lost their case in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London. Charlie’s parents were fighting for the right to take the 11-month-old to the US for a therapy trial for his rare genetic condition, overseen by Dr. Michio Hirano a doctor from New York who came to the UK to see Charle on July 17th and 18th. Great Ormond Street (GOSH) doctors, however, did not change their diagnosis of Charlie saying that the “treatment is experimental and will not help, arguing life support treatment should stop and Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.” (See Story: American Doctor Fails To Convince UK Doctors To Allow Treatment Of Charle Gard!)
GOSH responded to the Gard’s previous statement regarding the parent’s decision to end the legal process which said in part “the agony, desolation, and bravery” and that the parent’s decision has “GOSH’s utmost respect and humble all who work there”.
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