Lawyer for parents of 11-month-old cites irreversible damage to muscles as legal fight for overseas treatment ends

Charlie Gard’s parents were told last year that their son had irreversible brain damage, but they did not believe the diagnosis and were desperate to try anything that might help him. The end of the legal battle for treatment overseas came when the latest brain scans confirmed not only to the child’s parents but also to the US doctor in whom they had placed their hopes that nothing could improve his condition.

“Charlie’s condition is exceptionally rare, with catastrophic and irreversible brain damage,” Great Ormond Street hospital (Gosh) said in a statement on 13 July. That was always the hospital’s position. “Charlie’s brain was shown to be extensively damaged at a cellular level,” it said on an earlier occasion.

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