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Ten cases like Charlie Gard's heard in English courts this year

Ten cases like Charlie Gard's heard in English courts this year

Both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump raised their voices on behalf of Charlie and his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard. Pope Francis reversed a statement put out by the Vatican's Abp. Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Charlie Gard, who would have turned 1-year-old on August 4, died after his life support was withdrawn and he was moved to a hospice.

Mr Pence added on Twitter: 'Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this hard time'.

The parents asked a final wish to the high court judge that handled the case, Justice Francis.

USA president Donald Trump had previously offered to help Charlie and Ms Yates and Charlie's father Chris Gard had wanted to take him to the U.S. for experimental treatment. The hospital argued that the therapy in the United States would not help. "My thoughts and prayers with Charlie's parents Chris and Connie at this hard time".

He said: "Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen [his wife] and I offer our prayers and condolences to his loving parents during this hard time".

"Our attractive little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie", Connie Yates, the baby's mother, was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Charlie's parents said the support had given them renewed hope. The judge said Charlie should be removed from the ventilator, which "will inevitably result in Charlie's death within a short period of time thereafter".

But after the couple accepted he could not be given the experimental therapy, a court ordered on Thursday that he be moved to a hospice where his life support would be withdrawn. His parents fought a protracted five-month legal battle to seek treatment in the US.

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene in the case and the couple said they felt "let down" following the series of court hearings.

Charlie Gard reads a statement outside the court on Monday. Doctors said it wouldn't help and contended Charlie should be allowed to die peacefully.

Alison Smith-Squire, a journalist and spokeswoman for Charlie's parents, defended their decision to go for publicity.

"I do think that in an era of social media, it is possible to rally huge numbers of people to your cause", said Caplan, of New York University's Langone Medical Center. "Sometimes they do not have the strength, confidence or support to deal with the media and the public and often find themselves under pressure to agree with the hospital over a course of action".

The case prompted heated debate on social media and in the press on medical ethics, and staff at the Great Ormond Street Hospital which treated him received abuse and death threats.

On July 3, President Trump tweeted, "If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the United Kingdom and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so".

"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", Chris Gard said.

Charlie's mother appealed to the High Court in order to allow her to take the baby home for his last moments.