'Our lovely little boy has gone': Family confirm Charlie Gard has died

"Our lovely little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie", said the boy's mother, Connie Yates, in a statement Friday.

4 July: Bambino Geus, the Vatican's children's hospital in Rome, offers to take Charlie in.

"Charlie's parents have tirelessly advocated for what they sincerely believed was right for their son, and nobody could fault them for doing so", Great Ormond Street hospital said in its statement.

The judge said it was one of the pitfalls of social media that the watching world felt it right to have opinions without knowing the facts of the case.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) argued that any further treatment given to Charlie would unnecessarily prolong his suffering and recommended that the baby's life support treatment be stopped.

Earlier this week, Charlie's parents gave up their legal fight, saying the baby's condition had deteriorated so much that the window of opportunity to help him had closed.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates wanted desperately to find treatment or even a cure for their terminally ill 11-month-old son, Charlie.

As the medical and legal story that has drawn attention from around the world entered its final stage, the baby's mother accused the courts and a hospital of denying Charlie's parents "our final wish" - to let their son die at home.

The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales also issued a statement July 24 in which they expressed their "deepest sympathy and compassion" for Charlie and his parents.

On July 27, the London hospital moved Charlie to a hospice of its choosing, where his life support soon was to be withdrawn.

They finally agreed for him to be placed in a hospice. Doctors in Britain said the experimental theory had little chance of success and said it was in Charlie's best interests to shut off life support.

"Connie and Chris have conceded a hospice but it was not their first choice".

But the court battle was not over yet.

The following day, US President Donald Trump said in a tweet: "If we can help little Charlie Gard, as per our friends in the United Kingdom and the pope, we would be delighted to do so". If they couldn't take him home, they wanted to keep him alive on a respirator in a hospice facility so they could have several more days together.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard were buoyed by support from an American neurologist, Prof Michio Hirano, who has pioneered an experimental treatment, a powder called nucleoside therapy.

Charlie died in an unidentified hospice facility.

The hospital opposes the parents' request. Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie had been receiving treatment, had no immediate comment on the Daily Mail report.

"This is a very special place who will do all they can to make these last moments as comfortable and peaceful as possible for Charlie and his loved-ones".

  • Jack Mann