Charlie Gard dies after life-support withdrawn in hospice

Charlie Gard dies after life-support withdrawn in hospice

Charlie Gard dies after life-support withdrawn in hospice

The Pope and Donald Trump were among those who tweeted their support - Charlie's fate became an global issue with pro-life groups attaching themselves to the campaign. He urged the hospital to respect Charlie's parents wishes, and assured the family that he is praying for them.

Charlie is not expected to survive to his 1 birthday on August 4.

Despite being born a healthy baby, his health rapidly deteriorated and he was diagnosed with encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS).

2 July: Head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis issues a statement calling for Charlie's parents to be allowed to "accompany and treat their child until the end".

The boy's parents fought a lengthy court battle until his final days.

The statement said it had been a "distressing process for all concerned", adding that nobody could fault Charlie's parents for tirelessly advocating "for what they sincerely believed was right for their son". It said the proposed treatment had never been tried on a human with Charlie's condition and no tests had ever been done on mice to see whether it would work on a patient like Charlie. "No, you can't have your child, and no, we're not letting anyone know when he'll be moved, and we have no intention of telling the press where we're going to finish this".

Little Charlie was at the centre of a strenuous legal battle lasting more than four months over his parents' wish to take him to the U.S. for treatment.

Baby Charlie with mum Connie and dad Chris. No hospital, no lawyers, no courts, no media.

Ms Yates and Mr Gard wanted to spend at least a week at the hospice with Charlie before he was taken off a ventilator, but the high court ruled it was not in his best interests. The pediatric hospital Bambino Gesù in Rome, known as "the pope's hospital", offered to care for the boy. He and a group of doctors examined Charlie last week and gave their expert opinions to the judge.

The decision comes after the terminally ill baby's parents announced their decision to withdraw a legal battle against the hospital that had been going around for months.

But the court battle was not over yet.

Their last request to take Charlie home to die also was denied. "Every single one of us wishes that there could have been a less tragic outcome". The hospital and parents found themselves in court once again this week.

Charlie died in an unidentified hospice facility. "The pain #CharlieGard parents must be feeling now is unimaginable". The parents kept fighting, showing a remarkable tenacity just as Charlie was showing in remaining alive.

The Guardian, citing Gard's parents, reports that the infant died on Friday, one day after being transferred to an unidentified hospice facility.

Schindler told LifeNews: "We are here by invitation from the family to come alongside them as they struggle to save their son, Charlie".

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