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Charlie Gard's parents consider options as legal battle continues (From Clydebank Post)

Charlie Gard's parents consider options as legal battle continues (From Clydebank Post)

The parents Charlie Gard the critically ill infant Chris Gard and Connie Yates arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London ahead of the latest High Court hearing in London Monday July 24, 2017.

Mum Connie Yates announced the family's decision to give up the case at the High Court because it was "too late".

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London had argued that the treatment wouldn't help and could cause the child pain, so they challenged the parents' wish.

"We only wanted to give him a chance of life", she said, adding that "a whole lot of time has been wasted".

"Irreversible muscular damage has been done and the treatment can no longer be a success".

Francis, who had previously expressed support for the parents in their bid to seek an experimental medical treatment for their son's rare genetic condition, also asked the faithful to join him in prayer so the baby's parents "may find God's consolation and love".

Michael Hirano, professor of neurology at Columbia University in NY examined Charlie and told the court there was a 10 percent chance that the baby could improve.

On early July the hospital applied for a new hearing claiming that new evidence in the case would appear. While parents usually decide what is best for their children, in some cases hospitals and parents disagree, he said.

He was expected to explain in court the new evidence that he said suggested nucleoside bypass therapy (NBT) could help Charlie.

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"This has never been about "parents know best, '" he said".

Supporters of Charlie Gard hold placards outside the court in London.

The child's case won global attention, with Ms Yates and Mr Gard receiving support from Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump.

The 11-month-old has is under the hospital's care, whose doctors advised against continuing life support as the child can not move his arms and legs, or breathe without help. "Even now, Charlie shows physical responses to stressors that some of those treating him interpret as pain and when two worldwide experts assessed him last week, they believed that they elicited a pain response", said the Gosh statement on Monday.

Charlie's parents allegedly decided to forego treatment for their son Friday but chose not to publicize the decision until Monday.

"The agony, desolation and bravery of their decision command GOSH's utmost respect and humble all who work there", London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in a statement. "They say his life support should be shut off so he can die peacefully".

Gard and Yates engaged in a legal battle in an attempt to have their son receive an experimental treatment in the US, raising over $1.6 million to transport their son overseas if the court granted them permission.

Mr Justice Francis also paid tribute to the medical experts and hospital staff involved in the case, saying it was a "disgrace" that they had been subjected to abuse.