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Charlie Gard in critical condition British kid whose deplorable case inspired sensitivity and support from Pope Francis and President Trump and inflamed an international debate over end-of-life rights, died Friday.

Charlie's folks Connie Yates and Chris Gard declared the his death a day after a British court ruled that the infant should be moved to hospice care and disconnected from a ventilator a spokesman for the family told, the Guardian and the Associated Press.

Yates said in an announcement to the Guardian, “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.” The news of Charlie's death resonated over the globe Friday evening.

Francis wrote in an ardent message via web-based networking media, “I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him.”

Head administrator Theresa May said she was “deeply saddened” and extended thoughts and prayers to Charlie's parents And Vice President Pence‏ said on Twitter that he was “saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard.”

For a while, Charlie's parents had been fighting in court to keep him alive. His case turned into the exemplification of an energetic level headed discussion over the privilege to live incredible, his parents' right to choose for their child and whether his doctors had an obligation to intervene in his care.

The sharp legal battle came to an exhausting and emotional end Thursday when High Court Judge Nicholas Francis decided to move Charlie to hospice and let him die after Charlie's parents and doctors could not agree on how much time the child should have to live. The judge said Charlie should be removed from the ventilator.

London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, which had been treating Charlie, said it had been “a uniquely painful and distressing process” for everybody.

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.

His parents had raised money to take him to the United States for an experimental treatment they had not yet tried, but rather specialists at Great Ormond Street attested that the tyke had zero chance of survival. The case streamed through the British court framework and wound up in the European Court of Human Rights, which declined to hear it, upholding previous court rulings that it was in Charlie's best interest to let him die..

In June, the Vatican's children's hospital said it would admit the boy, with the pope saying on social media that “to defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all.”

Charlie's parents said the support had given them renewed hope. Hospitals in Rome and New York opened their doors to the boy, and the High Court gave his folks the chance to display new proof for the situation.

It was chosen not long ago that Charlie's folks should release him when it turned out to be certain that the test treatment they wanted for their son was not possible.

After further tests, Chris Gard told columnists, "we've chosen it is never again to Charlie's greatest advantage to seek treatment, and we will release our child and be with the heavenly attendants."

“Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner, he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy,” Gard added. “We will have to live with the what-ifs that will haunt us for the rest of our lives.”
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