The parents of a terminally-ill British infant that has captured global attention on Friday said he has died.
Connie Yates and Chris Gard said that Charlie Gard’s life had ended at eleven months old after battling a rare genetic disease.
“Our beautiful little boy has gone,” Yates said, according to The Daily Mail. “We are so proud of you Charlie.”
Charlie Gard was moved to a hospice Thursday where he died the following day after struggling with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.
The rare condition causes organ dysfunction and weakened muscles, and Charlie Gard suffered from its effects soon after his birth last August.
Some Twitter users on Friday voiced sadness over Charlie Gard’s death and his parents losing their child.
Charlie Gard reportedly entered the intensive care unit at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London last October eight weeks after his birth.
The boy’s parents wanted him to go to the U.S. for nucleoside bypass therapy, but specialists at Ormond argued the treatment was experimental and would not have improved his condition.
The resulting legal battle between the hospital and Charlie Gard’s parents ended with multiple British courts ruling that Charlie Gard’s life support treatment should end.
Charlie Gard’s parents ended their legal dispute on July 24, calling it the “most painful of decisions.”
The infant’s future sparked global debate over what role the legal system should have in choosing if people live or die against their family’s wishes.
President Trump earlier this month tweeted that he would be “delighted” to help Charlie Gard and his family any way he could.
Pope Francis also weighed in on the issue, praying that Charlie Gard’s parents "wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected.”