By Christian Smith, London
The parents of a terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have ended their legal fight over a cure for him, after a US doctor said that it is “too late” for treatment to work.
The 11-month old boy who was diagnosed with infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a rare genetic condition that has left him brain damage.
An American neurologist, Dr Michio Hirano who offered to provide revolutionary treatment for Charlie, has now said that is too late to give him nucleoside therapy.
Charlie’s parents had hope to take their son to see a specialist in the USA for an experimental drug to treat his condition. However, doctors treating him at Great Ormond Street Hospital, GOSH since October, argued that the treatment would not improve his quality of life, adding that he should be allowed to die peacefully.
Today, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, both from Bedfont, agreed that no medical treatment can help him.
They paid tributes to their son outside court, saying that his legacy will live on.
The lawyer representing the couple who made the decision to drop the case known to the High Court said: “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.”
“Charlie has waited patiently for treatment. Due to delay, that window of opportunity has been lost.” Grant Armstrong added.
In April, after anaylsing the case at an hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, Mr Justice Francis, said doctors could stop providing life-support treatment.
Last month, Judges in the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene in the case, after the highest court in the UK upheld the Court of Appeal judgement to allow to Chris and Connie’s sick baby to die.
The Pope and US President Donald Trump offered to help Charlie’s parents.