No one has the right to decide if a child will live or die except God!
Sadly ten-month-old Charlie Gard will die soon against the wishes of his parents. This decision is made in accordance with a judge.
Unfortunately, Charlie Gard is one of only 16 cases of mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a condition that saps energy from the organs and muscles, leaving patients’ lungs so weak that they can only breathe with a ventilator.
But it seems that the fight for his life is coming to an end, unfortunately, the worst possible end!
His mother Connie Yates sobbed as she told the High Court today: ‘Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you. Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy’.
Charlie, whose first birthday is on Friday August 4, will have his life support switched off within days after his family and loved-ones say their goodbyes.
It is not known if he will be allowed to leave the hospital – but his parents have repeatedly said it is their ‘final wish’ to take their son home to ‘slip away’ and ‘be with the angels’.
Connie Yates said today Great Ormond Street Hospital should have ‘trusted’ them with the decision to take him to America for nucleoside treatment on his brain and said: ‘We only wanted to give him a chance of life’.
“Our son is an absolute warrior and we could not be prouder of him and we will miss him terribly,” Yates told the court.
“Charlie has had a greater impact on and touched more people in this world in his 11 months than many people do in a lifetime.
“We will do our utmost to ensure that no parents have to go through what we have been through and the next Charlie that comes along will get this medicine before it’s too late and Charlie will save many more lives in the future, no doubt about that.
“We are now going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie, who unfortunately won’t make his first birthday in just under two weeks’ time.”
Their lawyer Grant Armstrong told the UK High Court Monday that experts have said that the “window of opportunity no longer exists.”
“For Charlie, it is too late … treatment cannot offer a chance of success,” he told the court.
Charlie’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates made their decision following the latest medical reports and scans.
“Dark days lie ahead for these parents … they want to spend time with Charlie,” Armstrong said.
Unfortunately, this is extremely heartbreaking because God and God alone decides whether a life is worth saving, not a man’s court.