Even so, the devastated parents had camped themselves out in Charlie's hospital room, vowing to spend every possible second with their son.
Gard says the day will now be about "spending [these] last few precious hours with him". The European Court of Human Rights ruling Tuesday said the baby would not be allowed to go to the USA and that the hospital was no longer obligated to keep him on life support. On 27 June, Charlie's parents' application was ruled inadmissible and rejected.
The debate over Charlie's life is about balancing the moral dilemma of parental rights versus the state's duties to protect the wellbeing of children.
But they claimed that Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) - whose medics had argued that a therapy trial in the United States was experimental and would not help - denied them this request.
However, his parents want to be allowed to take him to a hospital in the USA, where they hope he can be treated.
"The story of the little British child Charlie Gard and his parents affects all of us for the amount of pain and hope it delivers", Mons. His lungs only function with the aid of a machine and doctors say he has irreversible brain damage.
Before the European court, judges in the United Kingdom had ruled that it was lawful for the hospital to withdraw life-sustaining treatment because the child would suffer harm if his present suffering was prolonged without any realistic prospect of improvement and that the experimental therapy could not provide real benefits.
"Together with Charlie's parents we are putting plans in place for his care and to give them more time together as a family", Great Ormond Street Hopsital said in a statement, asking that the family be given "space and privacy at this distressing time", The Associated Press reported.
Charlie has a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which saps energy from vital organs and causes progressive muscle weakness.
He is now kept alive on an artificial ventilator at London's Great Ormond Street hospital.
While the European Court initially granted a three-week extension to keep the infant's life support on until July 10, that extension was revoked when the decision of the court arrived on Tuesday. They urged him to grant their son his "one shot".
A Great Ormond Street spokesperson stated that there is "no rush" to end Charlie's treatment.
Mr Justice Francis said that withdrawing life support was in Charlie's best interests, adding that he made the decision with the "heaviest of hearts". From there, the condition quickly escalated and Charlie has been hooked up to a ventilator ever since.