A spokesperson for Charlie Gard's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, confirmed on Friday that Charlie has died, reports the BBC. Charlie passed away in a hospice after the courts refused his parents request to take him home for a period of time.
His death also comes sooner than the parents had hoped. After they had been denied their request to take him, they fought to take their little boy to a hospice and spend a week or so with him before his ventilator was removed.
Charlie's death comes after a months long struggle to get him experimental treatment in the United States. The battle started in January 2017 when Great Ormond Street Hospital first denied the parents' request, and they told the parents that Charlie had permanent brain damage.
The parents responded by raising over 1.5 million dollars to pay for transport to the U.S. and for the treatment. However, GOSH still refused their request.
The family caught the attention of the whole world when President Trump and Pope Francis spoke out in their defense. The United States even tried to give the family citizenship so that they could remove their little boy from the U.K.
Even after all of that, last week, the couple announced that too much time had passed and Charlie could no longer benefit from the treatment.
Please pray for these mourning parents in their grief. They gave everything they could to give their beautiful little boy a chance at life, and now they have to live with his loss. Read more about the family's battle and why they were forced to give up.