Charlie Gard, the terminally-ill baby, who was at the center of a legal battle regarding his treatment, died Friday, according to a family spokesperson.
The legal battle surrounding his fate captured worldwide attention, with US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis offering their support in his treatment.
Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, wanted to take Charlie to the United States for a nucleoside bypass therapy as the 11-month-old infant suffered from a rare genetic condition, which causes progressive brain damage and muscle weakness.
But they got entangled in a legal battle with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where the specialists told them the treatment was experimental and nothing could be done to improve the baby’s condition as he had irreversible brain damage.
In a statement issued Friday evening, Charlie’s mother Yates said: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”
The couple ceased their legal battle on Monday after professor Michio Hirano, the American neurologist who gone to the U.K. to examine Charlie’s condition, said it was too late for any kind of treatment to work.
Hundreds of people in the U.K. who called themselves “Charlie’s Army” supported his parents and raised £1.35 million ($1.77m) for them to take him to the U.S. for treatment.
Soon after the news of the baby’s death spread, leaders, politicians and other prominent figures sent their condolences to the family.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Charlie Gard. My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s parents Chris and Connie at this difficult time.”
Pope Francis tweeted: “I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him.”
GOSH said it sent its “heartfelt condolences” to Charlie’s parents and people close to the family, according to BBC News.