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Charlie Gard's parents call off five month legal battle after US doctor says 'it's too late'

A specialist from America told the parents Charlie was not well enough for the experimental therapy

Charlie Gard's parents have decided to stop the legal battle to take their son to America for experimental treatment.

The shock decision was relayed to the High Court on Monday (July 24) after the American doctor running the trial declined to treat Charlie.

Dr Michio Hirano from Columbia University Medical Centre travelled to the UK at the behest of the court to assess the 11-month-old boy.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates are bringing forward fresh evidence in the case(Image: PA)

He told Charlie's parents that the baby's condition was not such that the treatment would work and that time had run out.

Grant Armstrong, the lawyer for the family described the situation as "the parents' worst nightmare".

Charlie's mother, Connie Yates stood with Charlie's father Chris Gard to praise Charlie.

The couple wept as she told the High Court: "So sorry that we couldn't save you."

Mr Justice Francis was scheduled to hear fresh evidence from Charlie's family at the Family Division of the High Court in London today (Monday July 24).

The judge also heard the case five months ago when Mr Gard and Ms Yates, both from Bedfont, took Great Ormond Street Hospital to court.

Charlie's Army wipe away their tears after hearing the news(Image: PA)

Doctors at the specialist paediatric hospital believed Charlie should not travel for the treatment which was experimental and had little chance of success, according to them.

They argued that Charlie could not see, hear or understand the world around him and that he could not even open his eyes.

He was on a life-support machine, without which he would not have been able to breathe.

Supporters of Charlie Gard gathered outside the High Court wail after hearing the news that the fight is over(Image: PA)

The court case went from the High Court to the Court of Appeals, Supreme Court and European Courts of Justice but all judges upheld the decision to allow Charlie to die.

The case was back in court after two international doctors said they had evidence that Charlie would benefit from the nucleoside treatment.

Supporters who had gathered outside the High Court cheered and chanted as Charlie's parent walked in to the court but moments later reacted in disbelief when they withdrew their legal case.

The family's lawyer said a foundation would be set up by Chris Gard and Connie Yates so that Charlie's voice “continues to be heard”.

The couple had raised more than £1.3million to fund the specialist transport and treatment in America.

You can stay up to date with further developments and see how the events unfolded on our live blog.

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