>> Charlie Gard has died. The death of the British baby at the center of a heartrending legal battle was confirmed by a family spokesman on Friday. Charlie suffered from an extremely rare genetic condition causing progressive brain damage and muscle weakness. His parent's battle to save him drew worldwide outpouring of sympathy including support from President Donald Trump and the Pope.
As well as a global debate, they wanted him to undergo an untested treatment in the United States against the advice of his doctors. They said it would only prolong his suffering. Charlie required a ventilator to breath and couldn't see, hear or swallow. This week, his parents dropped their legal battle and he was moved to a children's hospice.
His mother, Connie Yates, said in the statement simply, our beautiful little boy has gone. He would've turned one in a weeks time.