The parents of Charlie Gard, whose battle to get their critically ill baby experimental treatment stirred international sympathy and controversy, dropped their legal effort Monday. (July 24)
LONDON — Charlie Gard’s parents have one last wish: They want to be allowed to take their terminally ill 11-month-old baby home to die.
Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, returned to court Tuesday after the couple ended a long legal battle to bring Charlie to the U.S. for experimental therapy.
Grant Armstrong, a lawyer for the pair, said they are in discussions with Great Ormond Street Hospital about sending Charlie home, but there were obstacles.
Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left him with brain damage. He is unable to breathe unassisted and is also deaf and blind.
His parents accepted Monday that his condition has deteriorated to the point where the experimental therapy offered by a U.S. neurologist would not work.
“We are about to do the hardest thing that we will ever have to do, which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go,” the infant’s father, Chris Gard, said outside court Monday.
He said he did not expect Charlie to live beyond his birthday on Aug. 4. Great Ormond Street Hospital has given no indication when it will turn off his life-support machines.
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