With tears streaming down their faces, the parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard on Monday withdrew their application seeking to take the child to the United States for an experimental medical treatment, with the couple’s lawyer announcing “the window of opportunity has been lost.”
Attorney Grant Armstrong said at London’s High Court it was too late for the 11-month-old child to receive treatment. Recent medical tests revealed Charlie has irreversible muscular damage.
“It’s too late for Charlie,” Armstrong said. “The damage has been done.”
Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, cried in the courtroom as the lawyer announced the news — their last bid to seek permission to take their child to the U.S. for treatment.
Charlie Gard's father gave a statement this morning. It is absolutely heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/49e7C1Td6c
— Michael Jones (@MichaelJonesAU) July 24, 2017