London, England, Jul 28, 2017 / 10:51 am
A spokesperson for the parents of terminally ill British infant Charlie Gard has reported that their "beautiful little boy" has died.
He had been taken into hospice care on July 27, a day before the announcement of his death. In a statement, his mother said: "Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie."
Gard, 11 months old, and his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, had been at the center of a months-long legal debate regarding parental rights and human life. They had been denied the chance to take him to the U.S. for experimental treatment as well as their wish to spend a week with him in hospice care at home.
Charlie had been baptized earlier this week. His parents shared a photo of him clutching a medal of St. Jude, patron of hopeless causes.