The parents of Charlie Gard have ended their fight to have their terminally ill baby flown from the UK to the United States for experimental treatment. In an emotional tribute to their son, they said that a recent MRI scan had revealed that damage to his brain had gone too far and time had quite simply run out.
They said that as Charlie’s devoted and loving parents, they had decided that it is no longer in Charlie’s best interests to pursue treatment and they will let their son go and be with the angels. He has a rare genetic condition causing progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.
The controversial case has gained attention from around the globe, with both the Pope and Donald Trump offering to get involved. But Britain’s courts, backed by the European Court of Human Rights, have refused permission, saying it would prolong his suffering without any realistic prospect of helping Charlie.
We thank you all for your unwavering support. pic.twitter.com/4tSpJtGa95— Charlie’s Fight (@charliesfight) July 24, 2017
Campaigners for Charlie held banners and chanted outside the court while his parents have pledged to let their son live on through a foundation to be set up in his name.