Charlie Gard parents: ‘he will die tomorrow knowing he was loved’

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have said he will die “knowing he was loved by thousands”  tomorrow when his life support is turned off tomorrow.

In a post on Facebook on Thursday, Chris Gard and Connie Yates said they were spending their “last precious hours” with their son.

They wrote: “We’re not allowed to choose if our son lives and we’re not allowed to choose when or where Charlie dies.

“We and most importantly Charlie have been massively let down throughout this whole process. Charlie will die tomorrow knowing that he was loved by thousands… thank you to everyone for all your support!”

His parents have campaigned endlessly to get him the treatment he needs in the US but have been denied on multiple occasions and seriously let down by the system.

They took their case to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court but judges ruled in favour of the doctors.

As a last resort, they went to the European Court of Human Rights which refused to intervene.

Earlier today, Great Ormond Street bosses said their priority was to support Charlie’s parents and that they would work closely with the family to discuss the next steps in Charlie’s care.

They said: “In Charlie’s case we have been discussing for many months how the withdrawal of treatment may work.

“Discussions and planning in these situations usually take some days, based on the experience of our clinical teams.”