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Charlie Gard dies after life support is switched off

A court ordered that the terminally-ill baby be taken to a hospice and his death was announced on Friday evening (July 28)

Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard has died, after a lengthy legal battle by his parents to take him to America for treatment.

The announcement of the baby's death was made on Friday (July 28), just days before what would have been his first birthday.

A judge ordered earlier this week that the youngster be moved to a hospice.

Baby Charlie captured the nation's attention(Image: PA)

His parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates, from Bedfont , had battled for months through the courts in a bid to take their son to the United States to receive pioneering treatment for Charlie's mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS).

But their legal fight came to a close when the pair admitted to the High Court that Charlie's condition had deteriorated "to the point of no return" on Monday (July 24).

Connie and Chris had hoped their baby could die at home but Great Ormond Street doctors said it was not practical to provide life-support treatment to Charlie at the couple's home for days.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard fought an emotional battle for their son(Image: PA)

'We could not have more love and pride for our beautiful boy'

A statement read out by the parents days before his death said: "Despite the way that our beautiful son has been spoken about sometimes, as if he not worthy of a chance at life, our son is an absolute warrior and we could not be prouder of him and we will miss him terribly.

"One little boy has brought the world together and whatever people's opinions are, no one can deny the impact our beautiful son has had on the world and his legacy will never ever die.

"Charlie has had a greater impact on and touched more people in this world in his 11 months than many people do in a life time. We could not have more love and pride for our beautiful boy."

RIP Charlie Gard.

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