LOOK What Is Being Buried With Baby Charlie Gard


Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby who died one week before his first birthday after a lengthy court battle that captured worldwide attention, will be buried with his “beloved” toy monkeys, his parents said Monday.


Gard died on Friday in a hospice after he was taken off life support. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, were embroiled in a legal battle for months, trying to bring their infant son to the United States for an experimental medical treatment that offered a sliver of hope to combat Gard’s rare genetic disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome, Fox News reported.

Charlie was in the hospital for the majority of his short life.

His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, fought a lengthy and emotional legal battle to take their severely ill baby son to the US for treatment, which was denied by judges.

Charlie’s mother, Connie, said: ‘Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.’


Gard and Yates are expected to register Charlie’s death on Monday, the Sun reported.

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“We should be planning Charlie’s first birthday but instead we’re planning his funeral,” Yates told the site.


Family spokeswoman Alison Smith-Squire said the parents haven’t finalized funeral arrangement plans, but “have decided Charlie will be buried with his beloved toy monkeys.”

Pope Francis and US president Donald Trump weighed into the debate, with the Vatican saying the pontiff prayed for ‘their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected’.

The protracted legal battle saw the couple take their case to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court – all of which ruled life support treatment should end and Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene in the case – and the couple said they had been denied their final wish to be able to take their son home to die and felt ‘let down’ following the lengthy legal battle.

The couple, of Bedfont, west London, ended their legal battle on July 24, in what they called the ‘most painful of decisions’ and their son was moved to a hospice on July 27 .

Charlie, who was born on August 4 last year, has a form of mitochondrial disease, a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

Described as ‘perfectly healthy’ when he was born, Charlie was admitted to hospital at eight weeks and his condition has progressively deteriorated.

The couple said they wanted to take their son across the Atlantic for nucleoside bypass therapy, but specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie was being cared for, said the treatment was experimental and would not help.   

They paid tribute to their ‘absolute warrior’ less than a fortnight before his first birthday on the steps of the High Court, with father Chris saying: ‘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.

‘We had the chance but we weren’t allowed to give you that chance. Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.’

Charlie’s parents added they believed their son might have been saved if experimental therapy had been tried sooner.

Ms Yates said time had been ‘wasted’, adding ‘had Charlie been given the treatment sooner he would have had had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy.’

Doctors at Great Ormond Street did not agree, with lawyers representing the hospital saying the ‘clinical picture’ six months ago had shown irreversible damage to Charlie’s brain.

They said the ‘unstoppable effects’ of Charlie’s rare illness had become plainer as weeks passed.

Our hearts and prayers go out to this poor family.

Rest in peace little angel.

God Bless.


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