The world reacts to final Charlie Gard decision

Protesters who want critically ill British baby Charlie Gard to receive an experimental medical treatment are planning a rally and prayer vigil Sunday, while hospital officials say emotions are running so high in the heart-breaking case they have received death threats.

The parents said their 11-month-old son might have been able to live normally if he had received experimental US treatment earlier but too much time had been "wasted".

But the European Court of Human Rights had in June backed the view of doctors from Great Ormond Street, London, the hospital where Charlie was being treated, that further treatment would "continue to cause Charlie significant harm", without a serious prospect of recovery.

"Our son is an absolute warrior and we could not be prouder of him and we will miss him terribly", Ms Yates told High Court, as she and Mr Gard accepted that the fight had to end.

"Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner, he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy", Chris Gard said, fighting back tears.

Their hopes came to an end at the weekend, after Michio Hirano, the United States neurologist who had offered an experimental drug therapy, finally accepted an invitation that had been open since Christmas to come to London and see Charlie.

But they claim there is new evidence in the case and have asked Mr Justice Francis, who ruled in favour of doctors in April, to change his mind.

"Some cases are about legal principles. some cases are about legal facts and expert opinions. some cases are also about time, and sadly this case is now about time", Armstrong said.


"The damage has been done", Armstrong said on Monday, according to BBC News' Joshua Rozenberg, who was in the High Court room.

Charlie Gard when he was seven-months-old. Even US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis have weighed in on the discussion, with Trump offering "to help".

Charlie's mother, Connie Yates, hugged her husband Chris Gard as they described their decision to "let our son go". His doctors have concluded that nothing more can be done for him and that he should be taken off life support.

The parents had raised £1.3 million ($A2.1 million) to get Charlie to the USA for an experimental treatment they believed could have helped their child.

Judge Francis had scheduled a two-day hearing to consider fresh evidence by Dr Hirano who had come to London from Columbia Medical Center in NY to examine Charlie.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard made an emotional statement on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice as they revealed Charlie's life support machine would be turned off before he could celebrate his first birthday on Friday next week.

"We have decided its no longer in Charlie's interest to have treatment".

The judge also praised the Great Ormand Street hospital staff for working so hard to treat Charlie, stating it was a shame that they were subjected to abuse and threats.


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