Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Terminally-ill British baby Charlie Gard dies

Terminally-ill British baby Charlie Gard dies

The 11-month-old had been the focus of a lengthy legal battle between doctors and his parents, who wanted to take him to America for experimental treatment.

Charlie would have celebrated his first birthday next week.

The Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu children's hospital had offered to transfer Charlie to Rome for treatment, which the pope said should be provided "until the end", as his parents wished.

A court battle over Charlie's treatment had ensued amid disagreement between the parents and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London over how to best treat him. While offers of help from the Vatican's Bambino Gesu children's hospital in Rome and doctors at Columbia University Medical Center in NY were enough to reopen the case, the High Court ultimately decided the proposed treatment wouldn't help Charlie.

Downing Street issued a statement from Prime Minister Theresa May saying: 'I am deeply saddened by the death of Charlie Gard. "My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie's parents Chris and Connie at this hard time", May said in a statement released on Friday.

"Everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital sends their heartfelt condolences to Charlie's parents and loved ones at this very sad time", a GOSH spokeswoman said.

"Our handsome little boy has gone, we're so proud of him", Ms Yates said in a statement.

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 United States professor of neurology, Michio Hirano.

Giving up on treatment, Ms Yates said: 'Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy'.

But after the couple accepted he could not be given the experimental therapy, a court ordered on Thursday that he be moved to a hospice where his life support would be withdrawn.

They lost a series of appeals in British courts and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Charlie Gard's parents also can't remove him from the hospital room.

Charlie Gard, the British baby that was the subject of a long legal dispute over his life, has passed away.

The couple set up a campaign and ask supporters to sign a petition and write letters to the prime minister of United Kingdom for Charlie's treatment.

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. 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". "RIP Charlie Gard" was trending on social media. They also said that the treatment "would take time", according to Katie Gollop who was speaking on behalf of the hospital.

U.S. president Donald Trump also weighed in, saying the United States would be "delighted" to help if it could.

"We are so sorry that we could not save you", they said in an emotional statement at the High Court in London. "Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our attractive little boy", Charlie's parents said in a statement after they gave up their fight.

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