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Beautiful Boy Charlie Gard Dies

Beautiful Boy Charlie Gard Dies

Following news of the boy's death, US 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".

Charlie, who was born with a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, had sustained brain damage that had taken away his ability to see, hear or breathe on his own.

The Daily Mirror also carried a front-page photograph of the baby smiling at father Chris Gard under the headline "Our lovely little boy has gone", echoing the words of mother Connie Yates.

Theresa May said she was deeply saddened and U.S. vice-president Mike Pence expressed his regret. "My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie's parents Chris and Connie at this hard time", May said in a statement released on Friday.

US Vice-President Mike Pence, who controversially used the case to argue against state-funded healthcare systems, said on Twitter: 'Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this hard time'.

His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, fought for months in a heart-wrenching court case that weighed their rights to keep their son alive against the desire of doctors to let him die to spare him pain and suffering.

His case attracted millions of supporters - including the Pope and President Trump.

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 USA professor of neurology, Michio Hirano. "I do think that in an era of social media, it is possible to rally huge numbers of people to your cause", said Caplan, of New York University's Langone Medical Center.

He died on Friday, a week to his one-year birthday after he was taken off life support.

Earlier this month the Vatican press office said the pontiff prayed that "their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected".

Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this hard time. They also said that the treatment "would take time", according to Katie Gollop who was speaking on behalf of the hospital.

However, the hospital refused to release Charlie stating that his condition was very critical and that the treatment they sought was unlikely to have any results. The case went all the way to the European Court of Human Rights, which declined to hear it, upholding previous court rulings that it was in Charlie's best interest to withdraw life support.

Great Ormond Street soon reported that its doctors and nurses were receiving serious threats over the case.

On July 3, President Trump tweeted, "If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the United Kingdom and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so".

"We are so sorry that we could not save you", they said in an emotional statement at the High Court in London.

Charlie's mother appealed to the High Court in order to allow her to take the baby home for his last moments.


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