Tributes paid to tragic Charlie Gard

Tributes paid to tragic Charlie Gard

This after a United Kingdom judge ruled Charlie would not be allowed to die at home as requested by his parents.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted "Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this hard time". The figures, confirmed to the Observer by Cafcass, the independent body that represents children in family court cases, highlight the fact that most cases involving disputed medical treatment are dealt with out of the public eye with a guardian appointed to represent the child's best interests, independent of what the parents may want.

However, several courts ruled that Great Ormond Street hospital was fitted to decide whether the baby had a chance of survival, and they had a legal obligation to decide when to disconnect Charlie from life support. While offers of help from the Vatican's Bambino Gesu children's hospital in Rome and doctors at Columbia University Medical Center in NY were enough to reopen the case, the High Court ultimately decided the proposed treatment wouldn't help Charlie.

Theresa May said she was deeply saddened and U.S. vice-president Mike Pence expressed his regret. "My thoughts and prayers with Charlie's parents Chris and Connie at this hard time".

Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this hard time.

'Our attractive little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie, ' Connie Yates, the baby's mother, was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Charlie's parents fought ardently in court to ensure their baby was transferred to NY to receive an experimental treatment. This was upheld by a British Supreme Court decision that the hospital could discontinue life support to Charlie and he could not be transferred to the United States or elsewhere.

The 11 month-old died in a hospice - after being moved there from Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The protracted legal battle saw the couple take their case to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court - all of which ruled life support treatment should end and Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity. The hospital reported that its doctors and nurses were receiving serious threats over Charlie's case and London police were investigating.

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Charlie Gard's parents will set up a charity in the little boy's name to ensure he didn't "die in vain".

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".

Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this hard time.

The Sun carried a front-page photograph of the baby, with the headline "RIP our hero", adding that Gard was the "tot whose plight touched the world".

U.S. president Donald Trump also weighed in, saying the United States would be "delighted" to help if it could. But doctors at Great Ormond Street hospital, where he was treated, did not agree.

Pope Francis had tweeted his support for Charlie's parents.

"It is impossible for any of us to comprehend or even begin to imagine the agony to which Charlie's parents have been subjected in recent weeks and months as they have had to come to terms with the decision that they have now made", he said in a judgement. "We had the chance but we weren't allowed to give you that chance".

They asked him to let them take Charlie home so that they could spend the final days with their son.

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