Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old at center of major UK court battle, has died!
Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old baby that became the focus of a major court fight in the UK, has died, Daily Mail reports.
The story gained global attention after President Trump had offered to help the parents of Charlie, who were blocked from seeking urgent medical care for him in the U.S. by a European court.
Baby Charlie’s parents wanted to privately pay for their son to receive experimental treatments in America and raised $1.7 million dollars to fund his care, including through GoFundMe.
But the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against his distraught parents and in favor of a British court decision, determining that Charlie must be allowed to “die with dignity” in the U.K.
Pope Francis’ spokesman previously said the pontiff prays for the Gard family, “wishing that their desire to accompany and care for their own child to the end will be respected.
The Holy Father follows with affection and commotion the situation of Charlie Gard, and expresses his own closeness to his parents,” spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement earlier this month.
Baby Charlie was expected to be taken off life support at the end of June, but the hospital had delayed that decision after pleas from his parents.