Just days before his first birthday, the parents of Charlie Gard have announced the devastating news that their baby has died.
Connie Yates and Chris Gard have confirmed their 11-month-old critically ill son had tragically passed away after he was transferred to a hospice yesterday.
In a statement, Ms Yates said: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”
"Everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital sends their heartfelt condolences to Charlie's parents and loved ones at this very sad time," spokeswoman for the hospital where Charlie was being treated said in a statement.
The little boy – who was due to turn one on August 4 – was at the centre of a five-month UK legal battle to have him moved from Great Ormond Street hospital in London and taken to the US for experimental treatment.
Charlie suffered from a rare genetic disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which caused brain damage and left him unable to breathe unaided.
His parents abandoned their legal battle on Monday after research showed that his condition was now at a point where it was irreparable.
They then battled for Charlie to take his last breath from the comfort of their home, but that “final wish” was denied by the court, with doctors arguing logistical issues were a concern.