Infant Charlie Gard has passed away on Friday, according to the parents who have been attempting to save his life.
Gard, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, was the center of an ethical and legal battle revolving around the UK’s healthcare system over the course of the last several weeks. Doctors in the UK had a grim prognosis for the ill child, stating that he would never recover from his ailments and that his life support should be removed.
Further complicating Charlie’s situation was a ruling by British courts stating that his parents would not be allowed to remove their child from his doctors’ care to seek professional treatment outside of the country, prompting many to question whether or not the government was claiming ownership over the child.
Today, Charlie’s struggles ended as the young man passed away in hospice.
“The case attracted national attention after President Trump and Pope Francis expressed support for Gard’s parents. U.S.-based religious and anti-abortion activists flew to London to support the family’s battle.
“New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center had both said they would take the the baby and give him the care he needed. However, the transfer would have undergone ‘legal hurdles’ that would have needed an ’emergency approval from the FDA for an experimental treatment as appropriate.’
“‘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,’ his parents wrote when they announced their decision.’We had the chance but we weren’t allowed to give you that chance.’
“‘Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight, our beautiful little boy.'”
Charlie Gard’s saga captured international attention, given the heartbreaking realities involved in the case.
Coincidentally, Gard’s death comes after U.S. congressmen refused to repeal the disastrous healthcare bill known as Obamacare, again drawing the world’s attention to the predicament of government health services and their affinity for malfeasance.