British baby Charlie Gard at center of legal battle dies

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Both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump raised their voices on behalf of Charlie and his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard. Pope Francis reversed a statement put out by the Vatican's Abp. Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

The form of the condition he had caused progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

The couple ceased their legal battle on Monday after professor Michio Hirano, the American neurologist who gone to the examine Charlie's condition, said it was too late for any kind of treatment to work. The hospital reported that its doctors and nurses were receiving serious threats over Charlie's case and London police were investigating.

Michio Hirano, a neurology expert at Columbia Medical Center in NY, and doctors from the Vatican's Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital initially said the medical treatment, nucleoside therapy, might help Charlie, according to the Associated Press.

Before their son's case began, Charlie's parents had already reached their initial £1.2m ($1.57m) fundraising target for the baby's treatment and air ambulance travel expenses to the United States.

"Poor Charlie has died", they wrote.

She added: "As a writer I have been able to represent Charlie Gard's family for free".

A spokesman for Great Ormond Street said in a statement Friday, "Everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital sends their heartfelt condolences to Charlie's parents and loved-ones at this very sad time". His parents fought a protracted five-month legal battle to seek treatment in the US. The case went all the way to the European Court of Human Rights, which declined to hear it, upholding previous court rulings that it was in Charlie's best interest to withdraw life support.

The case resurfaced a decades-old debate over euthanasia and the use of life support, issues that have been fought in most corners of the world and that have often seen medical and religious arguments collide.

Britain's courts, after hearing a wealth of medical evidence, ruled that it would go against Charlie's best interests to have the experimental nucleoside therapy advocated by a USA professor of neurology, Michio Hirano.

U.S. president Donald Trump also weighed in, saying the United States would be "delighted" to help if it could.

Dr Ravi said Great Ormond Street Hospital may have been portrayed as "heartless" and "not giving a damn" as a result of 24-hour news and social media. "Sometimes they do not have the strength, confidence or support to deal with the media and the public and often find themselves under pressure to agree with the hospital over a course of action".

They asked him to let them take Charlie home so that they could spend the final days with their son. In three months, they exceeded their £1.3 million ($1.65 million) goal to cover the costs, but the hospital stepped in and opposed this effort, stating that it was not in the best interest of their patient.

"We just want some peace with our son, no hospital, no lawyers, no courts, no media, just quality time with Charlie away from everything to say goodbye to him in the most loving way", Yates told SkyNews on Thursday.



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