'Worst nightmare' realised for Charlie Gard's parents as legal battle ends

by Garry Watts July 25, 2017, 0:09
'Worst nightmare' realised for Charlie Gard's parents as legal battle ends

Charlie suffers from a rare form of mitochondrial disease, which causes progressive muscle weakness in the heart and other key organs.

"For Charlie, it's too late, time has run out, irreversible muscular damage has been done and the treatment can no longer be a success", Armstrong said, according to the Guardian.

She said "a whole lot of time has been wasted" and said she hoped Charlie's life would not be in vain.

"Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner, he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy", he said.

Francis said: 'To most like-minded people, a National Health Service Trust is as much an arm of the state as is a local authority.

"We all have to live with the what ifs which will haunt us for the rest of our lives".

"Unfortunately he won't make his first birthday in just under two weeks time". He said: "We are so sorry we could not save you, sleep tight our sweet boy, we love you".

On Friday, a barrister representing Great Ormond Street Hospital doctors caring for the 11-month-old boy told Mr Gard and Ms Yates that a report on the latest scan made for "sad reading". Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

"Despite conflicting issues, we have always had the utmost respect for all the staff who work tirelessly at Great Ormond Street hospital and the very hard jobs they do every day".

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The decision followed an examination by Dr. Michio Hirano, who flew from the U.S.to assess Charlie's condition early last week.

Chris Gard, the boy's father, said they are "truly devastated" and blamed the length of the court case for preventing them securing the treatment.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates had been fighting to take him to the USA for experimental treatment. Life support was ordered to be withdrawn on June 30.

A campaigner holds a banner to show support for allowing Charlie Gard to travel to the United States to receive further treatment, outside the High Court in London, Britain, July 10, 2017. He stressed "all we wanted to do was to take Charlie from one world-renowned hospital to another world-renowned hospital in the attempt to save his life".

The judge had scheduled a two-day hearing 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.

Mr Gard and Ms Yates have asked judges to rule that Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in NY.

In her statement, Ms MacLeod highlighted that the hospital cared for "many thousands of seriously unwell children every year, providing outstanding treatment for those who need it most".

The decision ends a case that has drawn global attention, prompting world leaders like President Donald Trump and Pope Francis to weigh in.


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