Speaking out in court today for the first time since they released a statement saying they would no longer legally fight to save their son Charlie Gard, Charlie’s parents say it is unfortunately time to let him go to heaven.
Charlie’s parents today made the decision to end their legal fight to save his life because too much time had passed for an experimental treatment to be helpful. They blamed the hospital for taking so long to allow them to pursue that option that the option is no longer viable.
Chris Gard said it was time to let Charlie go and “be with the angels.”
Connie Yates, Charlie’s mother, told Britain’s High Court that they “only wanted to give him a chance of life.” Hugging her husband Chris and weeping, Connie Yates told the court they were withdrawing their legal challenge.
Yates said the couple ‘only wanted to give him a chance of life’ and that a ‘whole lot of time has been wasted’, adding she hoped Charlie’s life would not be in vain.
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‘Our poor boy has just been left to lie there for months without treatment … left with this illness to deteriorate to point of no return,’ she said.
‘But no organ has failed. No proof he is in pain or suffering.
‘We will always know in our hearts that we did our very best for Charlie and we hope he is proud of us.
‘It’s not too late for others. We owe it to him to not let his life be in vain.
“We thank GOSH. We love Charlie very much. Our son is a warrior. His legacy will never die. His spirit will live on for eternity.’
Before leaving the witness box, she added: ‘Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have, we always will.
‘We are sorry we could not save you.’