>> The parents of terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard say time has run out for him to have treatment, ending a five month long legal battle in the UK and European courts to take him for experimental therapy in the US. The case had garnered unexpected international attention, with support coming from the US President Donald Trump, and the Pope.
The 11 month old suffers from a rare genetic disease that has left him with severe brain damage. British doctors had argued that the unproven treatment is unlikely to help. Charlie's parents were in the high court on Monday in a desperate and final attempt to secure his release for travel.
But in an unexpected announcement, they ended their legal fight. After an American doctor said he was no longer willing to offer Charlie the therapy, having reviewed the results of a new MRI scan.>> There is one simple reason why treatment cannot now go ahead, and that is time, a whole lot of time has been wasted.
We will have to live with the what ifs that will haunt us for the rest of our lives.>> The family will now hold discussions with his London hospital about palliative care and how Charlie should be allowed to die.