He was just 11-months-old, but little Charlie Gard was known around the world as a fighter.
The British baby, who suffered from an extremely rare genetic condition and became the subject of a bitter dispute between his parents and doctors, has lost his fight for life.
His mum Connie Yates and dad Chris Gard spent months trying to get permission to take their precious son to the United States for experimental treatment.
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But doctors at his London hospital said it would not benefit him and would prolong his suffering.
— Charlie’s Fight (@charliesfight) July 28, 2017
Charlie’s condition caused progressive brain damage and muscle weakness, he needed a ventilator to breathe and was unable to see, hear or swallow.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) July 28, 2017
Just a week before they should have celebrated his first birthday, his parents have confirmed their “little boy has gone”.
As the legal case made international headlines, it drew comment from US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis.
I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 28, 2017
If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017