Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Charlie Gard's parents withdraw appeal

Charlie Gard in Great Ormond Street Hospital PACharlie Gard in Great Ormond Street Hospital
Lance Thomas | 25 July, 2017, 00:07

Charlie's parents have lost all previous court cases, including one before the European Court of Human Rights, which were created to force the hospital to let them bring their son to the United States for an experimental treatment.

"We have decided it is no longer in Charlie's best interests to pursue treatment and we will let our son go", father Chris Gard said outside court.

Gard has suffered irreversible damage to his muscle tissue and is now untreatable, thanks to the protracted battle with the United Kingdom legal system that prevented Gard from receiving potentially life-saving treatment early on.

Charlie Gard when he was seven-months-old.

The parents of little Charlie Gard announced Monday at the High Court in London that they were willing to give up their court proceedings to sustain life.

Connie Yates, Charlie's mum, herself then took to the stand to make a statement with her partner Chris.

But Yates and Gard, convinced he could recover, rejected the advice that the kindest thing would be to switch off the machines keeping him alive, so the hospital went to court and got the order they requested. He said other parents were in the same position and suggested a legal aid review.

"Our son is an absolute warrior and we could not be prouder of him and we will miss him terribly", Ms Yates told High Court, as she and Mr Gard accepted that the fight had to end.

According to Daily Caller, Charlie's last brain scan diminished any hope the infant's parents had, showing that he is past the window of opportunity for the United States experimental treatment.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital had said the treatment wouldn't help and could cause the child pain. Hirano believes there is at least a 10-percent chance that his treatment could improve Charlie's condition.

Armstrong said the pair now wanted "to spend the maximum amount of time they have left with Charlie". Supporters of Charlie and his family gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Sunday.

Time had simply run out, their barrister, Grant Armstrong, told the judge.

The parents of Charlie Gard, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have withdrawn their legal challenge before the High Court in London, England.

The couple took the the case to the Court of Appeal and the UK's Supreme Court, where their application that he should be allowed to travel to the USA was dismissed. Congressional Republicans sought to pass legislation that would give the Gard family US residency and a potential route to treatment there, although it wasn't not clear whether that would ultimately have enabled them to obviate a British court decision.

A two-day hearing is scheduled to begin at 2pm, with Mr Justice Francis set to decide whether the terminally ill child should be treated by a specialist in the US.

Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

Dr Hirano's "fresh evidence" had led to a new hearing on the issue and on Monday, Judge Nicholas Francis had been due to rule on whether the child should be allowed to leave the country.

Great Ormond Street Hospital argued that Gard's illness has left him "deprived of his senses" and that he is "without any awareness" as far as doctors can tell.

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