'We are more sorry than words can say': doctors' reaction after Charlie Gard's parents give up fight

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A lawyer for Great Ormond Street Hospital said the medical team are “more sorry than I have words to say” after Charlie Gard’s parents ended their legal fight for the child’s treatment.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced their decision on Monday afternoon as a High Court judge was preparing to oversee the latest round of a five-month legal battle.

A lawyer representing Charlie’s parents told Mr Justice Francis that “time had run out” and “the treatment now offers no chance of success”.

Supporters of Charlie wept in shock outside court as the news broke, after earlier witnessing his parents arrive close to tears.

Reacting to the announcement, a lawyer for GOSH said: “The heart of each person working at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the heart of the hospital goes out to Charlie and his mother and father. 

“One of the many sadnesses in this case is that greater transparency has not always led to greater understanding.

“The hospital has said all that I would wish to in its two position statements.

“I ask all those who seek to understand to read them. 

“We are more sorry than I have words to say.”


Two women scream in grief after learning of the couple’s decision (PA)

The decision to end their legal fight came after Charlie’s parents were given the latest medical reports on Friday.

Mr Armstrong said damage to Charlie’s muscle and tissue was irreversible.

“The parents’ worst fears have been confirmed,” he said, “it is now too late to treat Charlie.”


Charlie Gard’s life support was expected to be turned off on Friday (PA)

The couple felt that continuing their fight would cause Charlie pain, added Mr Armstrong.

He said Charlie’s parents hoped to set up a foundation and that they wanted lessons to be learned.

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