A couple have managed to raise an incredible £1.2million to help obtain lifesaving treatment for their baby son, Charlie. Chris and Connie Yates fought a legal battle with doctors who wanted to take the seven-month-old off life support after he was born with mitochondrial depletion, a rare genetic condition which has seen little Charlie in Intensive Care since he was eight-weeks-old.
Over 80,000 people donated to the campaign, including celebrities Samantha Faiers, Rebekah Vardy and Charlotte Crosby. Tamara Ecclestone was the most generous celebrity – donating an incredible £11,000 thousand to help out the family. And housewife Helen Barnes selflessly donated her life savings, an incredible £40,000, to help Charlie.
Several celebrities helped with the cause
Although the parents reached their goal of raising enough money to take their son for potentially life changing treatment in the US, Charlie's case will be settled at the High Court on Wednesday, and Connie spoke about how difficult it was to fight a legal battle to keep her son alive. "I can't put into words how horrible it is to see court papers with our baby's name on them," she wrote. "Our son is being summoned to death. We love our child with every ounce of our being and we want what's best for him. We have his best interests in mind... give him medications and make him better - isn't that what any parent would do? Find me one that wouldn't."
Taking the Facebook, the couple thanked everyone for their support, writing: "You may have seen that we have reached our £1.2m target! Thank you so much for all of your support! We are currently preparing for court tomorrow where a judge will decide Charlie's fate. We will keep you updated when we can but once again, thank you for your continuing support."