Baby Charlie’s Parents End Court Battles
Charlie Gard’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard have ended their legal battle against Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to take their son to America. Their decision came as the High Court judge was preparing to oversee the latest round of a five-month legal battle. Charlie, the 11-month-old-baby is on life support due to his medical condition. He suffers from a very rare sickness known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.
GOSH Issues a Statement Over the Weekend
The hospital released a statement over the weekend. It said, “Over the weekend they communicated their desire to spend all the time they can with Charlie whilst working with the hospital to formulate the best possible plan for his end of life care. It is greatly hoped that in the days ahead it will be possible to extend to his parents the same quality of care with which Charlie has been provided and to concentrate on the family as a whole.”
Chris Gard said in a statement, “This is one of the hardest things we will ever have to say and we are about to do the hardest thing we will ever have to do which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go. Put simply, this is about a sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy who was born with a rare disease who had a real, genuine chance at life and a family who loved him so very dearly – and that’s why we fought so hard for him.”
The father added, “We will let our son go and be with the angels.” Chris wept as he finished reading his statement and said, “We are so sorry we could not save you, sleep tight our sweet boy, we love you.”