‘Our beautiful little boy has gone’: Family confirm Charlie Gard has died

Charlie Gard, the baby boy whose fight for life captured the attention of the world has died.

The 11-month-old baby was born with a rare genetic disease called mitochondrial depletion syndrome which caused progressive muscle weakness and meant that he was deaf and unable to cry.

In a statement, his parents said: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”

Chris Gard, 32, and Connie Yates, 31, were embroiled in a five-month legal battle with the hospital where their son was being treated, to gain permission to fly him to the US for experimental treatment not available in the UK.

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.

The fight to save Charlie captured international sympathy and interventions from the Pope and US President Donald Trump.

Over a million was raised through an online funding page to pay for Charlie to be treated in the US.

However, despite public support and after a long legal-battle on 24 August Charlie’s parents released a statement saying they were stopping legal action as their son had deteriorated “to the point of no return”.

Timeline of the battle to save Charlie

Source : http://www.itv.com/news/2017-07-28/our-beautiful-little-boy-has-gone-family-confirm-charlie-gard-has-died/