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Charlie Gard's parents end legal battle: 'We are sorry we could not save you'

We are sorry we couldn't save you

– Charlie Gard's parents abandon legal fight to take their terminally-ill son to the US for experimental treatment

Charlie Gard's parents have ended their legal battle over treatment for their terminally-ill son, saying: "We are sorry we could not save you."

Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced their decision as a High Court judge was preparing to oversee the latest round of a five-month legal battle to take their son to the US for experimental treatment.

A lawyer representing Charlie's parents told Mr Justice Francis that "time had run out" for the baby boy.

Mr Armstrong said Charlie's parents had made a decision following the latest medical reports and scans.

Charlie has encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS), a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

He said damage to Charlie's muscle and tissue was irreversible.

"The parents' worst fears have been confirmed," Mr Armstrong said.

"It is now too late to treat Charlie."

Reading a statement, Ms Yates told the packed courtroom from the witness box: "This is one of the hardest things that we will ever have to say and we are about to do the hardest thing that we'll ever have to do, which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go."

Ms Yates wept as she said: "We are sorry we could not save you."

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Some nurses now fear they may lose their homes or even file for bankruptcy.

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Should the NHS staff be ordered to pay their parking fines? Watch the full discussion above.

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Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. A judge at the High Court will consider new medical evidence today for the case of Charlie Gard. The judge will hear from the American doctor who Charlie's parents believe can offer the US treatment.

  2. Another hospital trust is to issue its staff with tough parking penalties. Staff at Nottingham's two main hospitals say there's not enough parking spaces for staff and visitors and will be fined £50 if they park in the wrong place.

  3. Today marks the 26th anniversary since Ben Needham disappeared on the Greek island of Kos. Last year investigators recovered Ben's toy and a piece of his leather sandal. Now new evidence has emerged finding traces of "human decomposition" on both items.

  4. Prince William revealed he talks about his mother constantly to his children. Diana would have been 56 this summer if she wasn't killed in a car crash in Paris. In the released clips from the ITV documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy Prince William talks about what "Granny Diana" would have been like.

  5. A 20-year-old man has been named as Rashan Jermaine Charles, who died after being stopped by a police officer in an east London shop. He took ill after trying to swallow an object and was pronounced dead in hospital.