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.
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."