Char­lie Gard loses his very pub­lic fight for life

The Press - - World -

BRI­TAIN: The par­ents of Char­lie Gard an­nounced on Fri­day night, lo­cal time, the death of ‘‘our beau­ti­ful lit­tle boy’’. The baby, whose short life had cap­ti­vated yet also di­vided the na­tion, died in a hos­pice, just a week shy of his first birth­day.

In a short state­ment re­leased just be­fore 6.30pm, his mother Con­nie Yates said: ‘‘Our beau­ti­ful lit­tle boy has gone, we are so proud of you Char­lie.’’ Miss Yates and her part­ner Chris Gard had fought and lost - a tor­tu­ous le­gal bat­tle, first to try to pro­long his life; and then in the past week to gain an ex­tra day or two with their ‘‘sweet, gor­geous, in­no­cent lit­tle boy’’.

In­stead Char­lie was trans­ferred from Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal (GOSH), where he was be­ing cared for, to a chil­dren’s hos­pice to die. Char­lie had been been kept alive on a ven­ti­la­tor. The plas­tic breath­ing tube was re­moved by a pae­di­atric med­i­cal team and Char­lie died shortly af­ter­wards.

GOSH, the world renowned chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, had gone to court to re­quest his life sup­port be with­drawn. Gard, a post­man, and Yates, a carer for young adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, had ar­gued for him to be given the chance of ex­per­i­men­tal ther­apy in New York.

As par­ents, they felt they knew what was best for their child; the hos­pi­tal, be­lieved oth­er­wise. The courts sided with GOSH.

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