UK parents withdraw legal action over critically ill baby


The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental treatment after new medical tests showed that the window of opportunity to help him had closed. A lawyer representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the UK High Court that "time had run out" for the baby.

"To let our beautiful little Charlie go is the hardest thing we'll ever have to do. All we wanted to do was take Charlie from one world-renowned hospital to another.

"We are so sorry we couldn't save you. Sweet dreams, baby," Connie Yates said.


After the High Court hearing ended, Great Ormond Street Hospital said in a statement: "The agony, desolation and bravery of their decision command GOSH's utmost respect and humble all who work there.

"All of GOSH's thoughts go with Charlie and his mother and father - the hospital wishes each of them peace in their hearts at the end of this day and each day to come."

Baby Charlie is not expected to make his first birthday in less than two weeks.


Charlie Gard: Timeline of parent's legal battle:

March 3, 2017: Justice Francis starts to analyse the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London

April 11: Justice Francis says doctors can stop providing life-support treatment

May 3: Charlie's parents ask Court of Appeal judges to consider the case

May 23: Three Court of Appeal judges analyse the case

May 25: Court of Appeal judges dismiss the couple's appeal

June 8: Charlie's parents lose fight in the U.K. Supreme Court

June 20: Judges in the European Court of Human Rights start to analyse the case after lawyers representing Charlie's parents make written
submissions

June 27: Judges in the European Court of Human Rights refuse to intervene

July 3: The Pope and US President Donald Trump offer to intervene

July 7: Great Ormond Street Hospital applies for a fresh hearing at the High Court

July 24: Charlie's parents end their legal fight to take him to the US for treatment

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