Baby Charlie Gard Dies at Hospice
Baby Charlie Gard dies today. The boy, who would have celebrated his first birthday, August 4, was moved to a hospice after a long legal battle. Baby Gard has been on life support for a number of months. The baby was blind and deaf and he could not breathe without a ventilator. He had a form of mitochondrial disease which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. His mother, Connie Yates, said, “Our beautiful little boy has gone. We are so proud of you, Charlie.” Connie and Chris Gard, the father, did not receive their last hope after they pleaded for Charlie to be allowed to die at home describing it as their “last wish.”
Parents Had Hoped to Keep Him Alive for Several Days
Connie and Chris had hoped to find an intensive care team who would care for Charlie at the hospice in hopes of keeping him alive for several days. However, a team was not found and judge Nicholas Francis, directed that a much shorter time would be spent at the hospice on life support. The details of which were not made public. It was made public that the judge approved a plan under which Charlie would have life support withdrawn shortly after arriving at the hospice from the hospital.
Pope Francis reacted quickly after hearing of Charlie’s passing. After the boys’ death he tweeted, “I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him.” US 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 difficult time. The Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie spent a number of months as a patient, said on Friday night, “Everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital sends their heartfelt condolences to Charlie’s parents and loved ones at this very sad time.”
Condolences started pouring in from across the world once the announcement of Charlie’s death was made. Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “deeply saddened” by his death and her “thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s parents.”
After ending their five-month legal battle the mother said, “We are going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie, who unfortunately won’t make his first birthday, and we would ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time. Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you. Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.”