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Parents of baby Charlie Gard drop bid to go to U. S. for experimental treatment

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LONDON (AP) --  The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard are dropping their legal bid to send him to the United States for experimental treatment.

Lawyer Grant Armstrong says Chris Gard and Connie Yates are withdrawing their appeal to court orders saying Charlie's treatment should end.

The couple cried at London's High Court on Monday as their lawyer said time had run out for 11-month-old Charlie. His mother told Britain's High Court that they "only wanted to give him a chance of life." 

The boy's father, Chris, says Charlie won't live to see his first birthday, which is less than two weeks away. 

The couple has been fighting court rulings that said their son's life support should be withdrawn. The 11-month-old has a rare genetic condition, and his parents had wanted to take him to America to receive an experimental treatment.

Doctors say that the treatment wouldn't help and could cause the child pain.

Last week Great Ormond Street Hospital told the parents that a report on the latest scan of Charlie's brain made for "sad reading."

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