Charlie Gard's Parents End Legal Fight

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jul 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Charlie Gard's Parents End Legal Fight

UPDATE: Here's Chris and Connie's statement outside the courtroom.

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Connie Yates and Chris Gard, the parents of Charlie Gard, the terminally-ill baby who they sought to bring to the United States for a last-ditch experimental treatment, have dropped their legal battle to move their son. Charlie suffers from an extremely rare mitochondrial condition that has left him without the ability to move or breathe on his own. 

Per the couple's lawyer, it's simply too late for the treatment to have any potential benefit. 

Charlie's parents have been fighting for months to bring their son to the United States, but faced significant legal hurdles throughout the entire process. They raised over $1 million to transport and treat their son, yet the European Court of Human Rights ruled that doing so was not in his best interest, and he had to remain at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Life support was ordered to be withdrawn on June 30. Since then, Charlie has remained on life support, and received offers from help from both President Trump and Pope Francis

But now, unfortunately, it looks as though it's just too late to help Charlie. 

According to their lawyer, Charlie's parents intend to start a foundation to stand for parents and children in similar situations to theirs. The judge praised Connie and Chris for their advocacy for Charlie's care, saying that "no parent could have done more for their child."