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Parents Of Dying British Infant, Charlie Gard, Finally End Legal Fight To Keep Him Alive

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After a bitter five-month legal battle to get their son treatment for a rare, incurable genetic condition, Connie Yates and Chris Gard have given up the fight.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard released a statement through their lawyer confirming that the couple have withdrawn their bid to take little Charlie to America for experimental neucleoside therapy.

"It is no longer in Charlie's best interests to pursue this course of treatment," said the couple in a statement.

The little boy, who was born on 4 August 2016  has a rare, genetic defect in his cells. His diagnosis of infantile onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS) is incurable, untreatable, and fatal.

Just one week earlier, the U.S. Congress granted little Charlie and his parents permanent residents of the United States - an act that they had hoped would save his life.

Learn what caused Charlie's parents to have a change of heart and what will happen next on the next page.

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