Baby Charlie Gard dies after life support withdrawn

Charlie Gard provided by his family taken at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The parents of a critically ill infant Monday

Charlie Gard provided by his family taken at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The parents of a critically ill infant Monday

The case was thrust into an global spotlight in June as the Vatican's children's hospital offered to admit Charlie, and the pope said on Twitter that "to defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all".

He was diagnosed with a fatal mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a rare inherited condition that causes muscle weakness and loss of motor skills.

'Our attractive little boy has gone, we're so proud of him, ' Ms Yates said in a statement yesterday after confirming he had died just one week before his first birthday on August 4.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was saddened by his death and sent her thoughts and prayers to his parents. "My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie's parents Chris and Connie at this hard time", May said in a statement released on Friday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that he was saddened to hear of Charlie Gard's death.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard said goodbye to their baby boy on Friday evening after a lengthy court battle to save his life and take him to America for treatment for his rare disease.

Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British boy whose heartbreaking case elicited sympathy and support from Pope Francis and President Donald Trump, and inflamed an worldwide debate over end-of-life rights, died Friday.

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Britain's courts, after hearing a wealth of medical evidence, ruled that it would go against Charlie's best interests to have the experimental nucleoside therapy advocated by a U.S. professor of neurology, Michio Hirano. "I do think that in an era of social media, it is possible to rally huge numbers of people to your cause", said Caplan, of New York University's Langone Medical Center.

Charlie, who would've turned one on August 4, was taken to an unspecified children's hospice on Thursday, where he died shortly after. Doctors said it wouldn't help and contended Charlie should be allowed to die peacefully.

Charlie's parents then moved to the Court of Appeal to consider the case. His parents were forced to give up their fight and succumb to the hospital's demands to remove life support.

Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this hard time. The hospital argued that the therapy in the United States would not help. The hospital said it contacted police following a "shocking and disgraceful tide" of hostility, after the High Court hearing on Charlie's condition. The baby was blind and deaf and was connected on life support. But doctors at Great Ormond Street hospital, where he was treated, did not agree. "We are so proud of you, Charlie".

His plight drew sympathy from US President Donald Trump, who tweeted on July 3 that the US would "be delighted to help". "Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn't save you", his parents wrote when they announced their decision. "Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our attractive little boy", Charlie's parents said in a statement after they gave up their fight.

They asked him to let them take Charlie home so that they could spend the final days with their son.

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