Hospital treating baby Charlie Gard is receiving death threats

Hospital treating baby Charlie Gard is receiving death threats

Hugging her husband Chris Gard and weeping, Connie Yates told the court on Monday that they had decided it was no longer in the best interests of their 11-month-old baby to pursue an experimental treatment in the U.S.

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard, who attracted the support of Donald Trump and Pope Francis, have ended a legal challenge that sought to win permission to take him to the USA for experimental treatment.

The parents said their 11-month-old son might have been able to live normally if he had received experimental USA treatment earlier but too much time had been "wasted".

It was "no longer in Charlie's interests" to keep him on a ventilator.

The court heard that Charlie has suffered extensive muscular atrophy, which they say is now "irreversible".

He urged Mr Justice Francis to consider whether the power of parents should be increased in future cases, as the delay caused by the legal battle had meant the chance of treating Charlie was lost.

The parents have been fighting in the courts for permission to have Charlie undergo treatment by Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at New York's Columbia University Medical Center. But Armstrong said nothing further could be done and that it was "worthy of a Greek tragedy" that they had to withdraw their appeal just as they were about to present new evidence to the court.

Tests last week confirmed "the parents' worst nightmare", Mr Armstrong said.

Other courts had sided with Charlie's doctors, who said the experimental treatment was a fruitless endeavor that has not been tested on someone with Charlie's specific condition.




The heartwrenching case attracted global support from both President Trump and the Pope, with supporters calling themselves "Charlie's Army" and attending the court each day.

Parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, Chris Gard (L) Connie Yates (R) deliver a statement outside the High Court in central London, Britain, 24 July 2017. On April 11, a British judge ruled instead that doctors could remove life support from the infant.

The judge had scheduled a two-day hearing beginning Monday to consider fresh evidence after Dr. Michio Hirano, an American neurology expert from Columbia Medical Center in NY, came to London to examine the child.

Judge Francis paid tribute to the parents "for the love and the care they gave to their child Charlie".

A judge was scheduled to issue a final ruling on whether Charlie and his parents could travel to the USA for treatment during the hearing Monday.

They say life support treatment should stop and Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

GOSH's representative in court said "the hearts of hospital and staff go out to Charlie and his father and his mother".

As Connie took to the stand, she said: "This is the hardest thing we've ever had to do".

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