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Charlie Gard: Mother 'so proud' of son as death of 11-month-old is announced

The plight of the terminally-ill baby boy drew support from across the globe as his parents fought a lengthy legal battle

Charlie Gard 's mother has paid tribute to their "beautiful little boy" following his death from a rare genetic condition just days ahead of his first birthday.

The 11-month-old was at the centre of a legal battle between his parents and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) that attracted worldwide attention.

In a statement following his death on Friday (July 28), Connie Yates said: "Our beautiful little boy has gone, we're so proud of him."

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "Everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital sends their heartfelt condolences to Charlie's parents and loved ones at this very sad time."

Charlie's plight drew international sympathy and interventions from the Pope and US President Donald Trump.

Here we look back on the the parents' legal battle.

August 4 2016

Charlie Gard was born a "perfectly healthy" baby at full term and at a "healthy weight".

September 2016

Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, notice that he is less able to lift his head and support himself than other babies of a similar age.

Doctors discover that he has a rare inherited disease - infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS).

October 2016

Charlie has become lethargic and his breathing is shallow and he is transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London on October 11.

December 2016

Charlie spends his first Christmas in hospital with his parents putting a festive bib on the youngster and sharing a picture captioned "our little elf".

January 2017

A crowd-funding page is set up to help finance trial therapy in the United States.

March 3 2017

Great Ormond Street bosses ask Mr Justice Francis to rule that life-support treatment should stop.

The gofundme page set up to help Charlie Gard was rocketing towards the £250,000 mark at 10.30am on Tuesday (March 7)(Image: UGC TMS)

April 11

Mr Justice Francis says doctors can stop providing life-support treatment after analysing the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

(Image: Featureworld)

May 3

Charlie's parents ask Court of Appeal judges to consider the case.

May 23

Three Court of Appeal judges analyse the case and dismiss the couple's appeal two days later.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, the parents of eight-month-old Charlie Gard, arrive at The Royal Courts of Justice(Image: PA)

June 8

Charlie's parents lose fight in the Supreme Court - his mother screams as justices announce their decision.

Connie Yates breaks down in tears after a panel of three Supreme Court justices on Thursday dismissed the couple's latest challenge.(Image: David Mizoeff/PA Wire)

June 20

Judges in the European Court of Human Rights start to analyse the case after lawyers representing Charlie's parents make written submissions.

June 27

European court judges refuse to intervene.

A Great Ormond Street spokeswoman says the European Court decision marks "the end" of a "difficult process". She says there will be "no rush" to change Charlie's care and says there will be "careful planning and discussion".

June 29

Charlie's parents say his life-support will be switched off on Friday June 30.

June 30

Charlie's parents say GOSH has agreed to "give us a little bit more time" with Charlie. They ask for privacy "while we prepare to say the final goodbye".

July 2

Pope Francis calls for the couple to be allowed to "accompany and treat their child until the end", saying he has followed the case with "affection and sadness".

July 3

US President Donald Trump intervenes, tweeting: "If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so."

July 4

Bambino Gesu, the Vatican's children's hospital in Rome, offers to take Charlie in.

Connie Yate's appears on Good Morning Britain ahead of a meeting with hospital(Image: ITV)

July 10

Charlie's parents return to the High Court and ask Mr Justice Francis to carry out a fresh analysis of the case.

Charlie Gard's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard arriving at the High Court in London(Image: PA)

Mr Justice Francis says he will consider any new evidence.

July 17

Michio Hirano, the New York neurology professor who offered to treat Charlie, travels to London to examine the little boy, discuss the case with Great Ormond Street doctors and other clinicians and examine fresh scans.

Dr Michio Hirano specialises in treating rare genetic conditions(Image: Columbia University Medical Cent)

July 21

Lawyer representing Great Ormond Street says new scan makes for "sad reading".

July 22

Great Ormond Street chairwoman Mary MacLeod says doctors and nurses have been subjected to abuse in the street and received thousands of threatening messages in recent weeks.

July 24

Charlie's parents announce their decision to end their legal fight, saying: "We are sorry we could not save you."

Mr Justice Francis had been scheduled to analyse what his parents said was fresh evidence at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.

But as the hearing got under way, the family's barrister Grant Armstrong told the judge: "This case is now about time. Sadly time has run out."

Charlie Gard supporters react outside the High Court, London, after his parents ended their legal fight over treatment for the terminally-ill baby.(Image: PA)

July 25

Lawyers representing Charlie's parents and Great Ormond Street Hospital are back in court for a hearing at which the parents' wish to take their son home to die was discussed.

July 26

A High Court judge is expected to decide whether Charlie will be able to leave Great Ormond Street Hospital and die at home.

July 28

Baby Charlie dies at a hospice, in the presence of his devoted parents.

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