Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced on Monday that they are giving up their legal fight over treatment for their son. 11-month-old Charlie Gard was diagnosed with a rare disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.
The couple has been in an ongoing legal battle with the UK high courts. With no cure for Charlie’s disease, the hospital and courts have urged his parents all along to give up treatment. Chris and Connie have been continuously fighting to continue treatment for their son, however, and received international attention throughout the process.
In the beginning of July, a sign of hope was given to the infant’s parents. U.S. based Doctor Michio Hirano of Columbia University Medical Center committed to visit Charlie in the UK and share his expertise and advice for medical treatment.
Because the judge presiding over the case agreed to be “open minded” about what Doctor Hirano would advise, onlookers expected positive results to come from his visit. After going over all medical records and tests, however, the results are saddening for Charlie and his parents.
The couple’s lawyer, Grant Armstrong, told the UK High Court on Monday that the “window of opportunity no longer exists” for treatment.
He said, “For Charlie, it is too late…treatment cannot offer a chance of success. Dark days lie ahead for these parents…they want to spend time with Charlie.”
After receiving the latest medical reports and scans, Charlie Gard and Connie Yates made the decision to stop pursuing medical treatment. Here is their official statement:
Justice Nicholas Francis, the judge presiding over the Charlie Gard case, commented about the continued press that this story has received.
He said, “These parents should know that no parent could have done more than they did for their child. When cases such as this go viral, the watching world feels entitled to weigh in regardless of whether or not they are informed on the facts of the case.”
Please continue praying for Chris Gard and Connie Yates as they go through this difficult time. If you want to find out more information about the Charlie Gard case, you can read more here.