Two weeks before what would be his first birthday, the parents of Charlie Gard in the UK have made the decision to end the legal battle to save his life.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates have been fighting for permission to let Charlie undergo treatment in the US, as the boy suffers a rare and fatal mitochondrial disease that leads to brain damage and immobility.
But the doctors treating Charlie in the UK labelled the US treatment “experimental” and said it would lead to further suffering if they were to transport Charlie between countries.
Though the couple took the case to the courts, and then to the European Court of Human Rights, their appeals were denied, with the Court of Human Rights declaring the case “inadmissable” at the end of last month.
Now, in a statement delivered to press outside the UK High Court, Chris Gard has said “too much time has been wasted” and that the latest MRI and EEG scans show Charlie’s illness has deteriorated “to the point of no return.”
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 24, 2017