British Baby Charlie Gard Has Passed Away

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Charlie Gard, the British baby who became the subject of a bitter dispute between his parents and doctors whether he should be taken to the United States for experimental treatment, has died, the Daily Mail reports. Charlie had to have a ventilator to breathe and was unable to see, hear or swallow.

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Connie Yates and the baby’s father Chris Gard wanted Charlie to undergo a treatment that has never been tried on anyone with his condition before, against the advice of doctors at his London hospital who said it would not benefit him and would prolong his suffering. The 11-month-old baby suffered from an extremely rare genetic condition causing brain damage and muscle weakness, and his parents struggled to save him drew an international outpouring of sympathy. U.S. President Donald Trump, who tweeted on July 3 “If we can help little Charlie Gard, as per our friends in the U.K. and Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”

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“Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie,” Connie Yates, the baby’s mother said.

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