The terminally ill young baby Charlie Gard, whose life captured the attention and love from the world, has died just a week before his first birthday.
The parents of the 11-month-old certainly did what they could to fight his illness too.
But Charlie suffered from a genetic condition that forced him to live most of his short life in the hospital.
His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, fought a lengthy and emotional legal battle to take their severely ill baby son to the US for treatment, but were denied by judges.
Charlie’s mother said: ‘Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.’
Yesterday courts denied his parents the chance to bring their son home to die and he was taken from Great Ormond Street to a hospice.
A spokesman 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 has seen hundreds of supporters – called Charlie’s Army – lending their voices and money to see the child given treatment, with £1.35 million raised on an online fund-raising site.
Pope Francis and US president Donald Trump weighed into the debate, with the Vatican saying the pontiff prayed for ‘their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected’.
U.S. lawmakers even passed a bill giving the family citizenship so the boy could receive experimental treatment in the country.
However, health care laws remained it wasn’t the decision of the parents, but the hospital and the court’s.
This case should be an eye-opener on government run healthcare. No family should have to suffer the way this one has, because laws prevented them from seeking possible treatments to cure their terminally ill son.