British media are reporting a family announcement that 11-month old Charlie Gard, has died Friday July 28, 2017.
British media are reporting a family announcement that 11-month old Charlie Gard, has died Friday July 28, 2017. Family of Charlie Gard via AP

Baby Charlie Gard has died

BRITISH baby Charlie Gard has died just shy of his first birthday.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard have confirmed their 11-month-old critically ill son has slipped away after he was transferred to a hospice yesterday.

His parents abandoned a five-month legal battle on Monday to have him moved from Great Ormond Street hospital (Gosh) and taken to the US for experimental treatment after research showed his condition was irreparable.

Ms Yates and Mr Gard then battled for Charlie to take his last breath from the comfort of their home, but that "final wish" was denied by the court, with doctors arguing logistical issues were a concern.

Chris Gard, the father of critically ill baby Charlie Gard reads a statement next to mother Connie Yates, right, at the end of their case at the High Court in London. British media are reporting a family announcement that 11-month old Charlie Gard, has died Friday July 28, 2017.
Chris Gard, the father of critically ill baby Charlie Gard reads a statement next to mother Connie Yates, right, at the end of their case at the High Court in London. British media are reporting a family announcement that 11-month old Charlie Gard, has died Friday July 28, 2017. AP Photo - Matt Dunham

Charlie, who would've turned one on August 4, was taken to an unspecified children's hospice on Thursday, where he died shortly after.

In a statement, Ms Yates said: "Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie."

Ms Yates and Mr Gard wanted to spend at least a week at the hospice with Charlie before he was taken off a ventilator, but the high court ruled it was not in his best interests.

A spokeswoman for Gosh said on Thursday: "The risk of an unplanned and chaotic end to Charlie's life is an unthinkable outcome for all concerned and would rob his parents of precious last moments with him.

"As the judge has now ruled, we will arrange for Charlie to be transferred to a specialist children's hospice, whose remarkable and compassionate staff will support his family at this impossible time."

News Corp Australia


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