Parents of United Kingdom baby announce his death
- Author: Santos West Jul 30, 2017,
Jul 30, 2017, 0:30
His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, fought a lengthy legal battle with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to allow him to be taken to the U.S. for treatment.
Charlie, who would've turned one on August 4, was taken to an unspecified children's hospice on Thursday, where he died shortly after.
Mr Pence added on Twitter: 'Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this hard time'.
The pope last month intervened in the case, saying that the wishes of the parents should be taken into account.
His parents had raised money to take him to the United States for an experimental treatment they had not yet tried, but doctors at Great Ormond Street asserted that the child had no chance of survival.
'It will give her something to focus on and help to create a legacy for Charlie and mean that he didn't die in vain.
She said that she was "deeply saddened by the death of Charlie Gard" and that her "thoughts and prayers [are] with Charlie's parents Chris and Connie at this hard time". "My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie's parents Chris and Connie at this hard time", May said in a statement released on Friday.
"Our lovely little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie", Connie Yates, the baby's mother, was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
Charlie had a mitochondrial disease that caused progressive muscle weakness and brain damage, which his parents believe could have been treated by experts in the US.
Unable to agree, the hospital went to court to have a judge decide, hoping to be able to remove Charlie from life support.
The protracted legal battle saw the couple take their case to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court - all of which ruled life support treatment should end and Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.
It was that decision that thrust Charlie's case into the global spotlight.
Charlie Gard, the terminally-ill baby, who was at the center of a legal battle regarding his treatment, died Friday, according to a family spokesperson. The heated commentary prompted Judge Francis to criticize the effects of social media and those "who know nearly nothing about this case but who feel entitled to express opinions".
The family's fight reached some of the most powerful people in the world, including US President Donald Trump and the Pope, who posted a tribute on social media.
After further medical tests, Chris Gard told reporters, "we've decided it is no longer in Charlie's best interest to pursue treatment, and we will let our son go and be with the angels".
"We are so sorry that we could not save you", they said in an emotional statement at the High Court in London.
"My thoughts and prayers with Charlie's parents Chris and Connie at this hard time".
The heated commentary over Charlie prompted Judge Francis to criticize the effects of social media and those "who know nearly nothing about this case but who feel entitled to express opinions". "Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our attractive little boy'".