Death of Charlie Gard prompts prayers for parents after months of struggle


Breaking: Gard family announces that Charlie has died

Through their own research, Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, found a doctor in the United States doing research on an experimental treatment called nucleoside bypass therapy who was willing to treat Charlie.

Charlie Gard, who would have turned 1-year-old on August 4, died after his life support was withdrawn and he was moved to a hospice.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted "Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this hard time".

Tributes include a message from Prime Minister Theresa May, who said: "I am deeply saddened by the death of Charlie Gard".

"Everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital sends their heartfelt condolences to Charlie's parents and loved-ones at this very sad time", said a spokeswoman for the hospital where Charlie had been receiving treatment.

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

"Our handsome 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. In the USA, courts have ruled that parents have a fundamental right to raise their children. His parents were forced to give up their fight and succumb to the hospital's demands to remove life support.

He was taken to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where he remained until a judge decided Thursday that he would be moved to hospice and removed from a ventilator. The ruling was appealed, and in May the U.K. Supreme Court upheld the lower court's decision.

The post Charlie Gard: Tributes Pour In As Sick Baby Finally Dies After Life Support Withdrawn appeared first on But, he told LBC he genuinely believes that in reality GOSH had "only ever acted with what they felt were Charlie's best interests at heart".

Sources close to the family say they are planning to launch a charitable foundation to help other families who have children with similar complex genetic disorders. "Sometimes they do not have the strength, confidence or support to deal with the media and the public and often find themselves under pressure to agree with the hospital over a course of action". 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".

A spokesman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said the facility "had tried absolutely everything" to accommodate the couple's wishes, but added that "the risk of an unplanned and chaotic end to Charlie's life (would have been) an unthinkable outcome for all concerned".

President Donald Trump offered his help to Charlie, posting on Twitter that he would be "delighted to do so".

"It is impossible for any of us to comprehend or even begin to imagine the agony to which Charlie's parents have been subjected in recent weeks and months as they have had to come to terms with the decision that they have now made", he said in a judgement.

"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 lovely little boy'".

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