It is with a heavy heart and eyes filled with tears that this editor writes this article … baby Charlie Gard has passed away, weeks shy of his first birthday.
This sweet boy was changing the way people think about life and health care before he ever had the chance to leave the hospital.
Parents of baby Charlie Gard, who fought a legal battle over his treatment, say their 'beautiful boy' has died. https://t.co/djlZZoZNlf
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 28, 2017
Charlie spent the majority of his life in Great Ormond Street Hospital after being diagnosed with an extraordinarily rare disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. This disease robbed Charlie of his ability to move and breathe, and he was dependent on a ventilator. His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, raised over a million dollars to move him to the United States for an experimental treatment, but werenot permittedto do so following a ruling by a human rights course that this was not in his best interest. A fierce debate on parental rights and medical care options soon followed, with figures as diverse as Pope Francis and President Donald Trump issuing statements of support for the Gard family.
RIP, baby, Prayers for peace for his warrior parents. https://t.co/UM1EUmZjty
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) July 28, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with this family. RIP sweet Charlie. https://t.co/XFdSifwRYP
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) July 28, 2017