Little Charlie Gard's parents announce that their brave warrior whose plight touched the world has finally died after battling devastating genetic illness he fought for so long

Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby at the centre of a high-profile court battle, has died.
The infant passed away in a hospice just days before his first birthday under the terms of an end-of-life plan agreed by a High Court judge.
The news was confirmed on Friday evening and Charlie's mother, Connie Yates, said simply: "Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie."
An end-of-life plan for baby Charlie, who has a rare genetic disease, was approved on Thursday by High Court judge Nicholas Francis.
He said the 11-month-old would be kept at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) on life support, before being moved to the hospice where the artificial ventilator would be switched off and Charlie would “inevitably” die.
Mr Gard and Ms Yates this week ended their five-month legal fight to take their son to the US for experimental treatment after new tests showed he had suffered irreversible muscular damage.
Charlie, born on 4 August 2016, inherited the faulty RRM2B gene that affects the cells responsible for energy production and respiration, leaving him unable to move or breathe unaided.
His parents, a couple in their 30s from Bedfont in west London, wanted to give him experimental, unproven nucleoside therapy, provided by American neuroscientist Michio Hirano.
Throughout the long court process, which saw an appeal rejected the European Court of Human Rights, doctors at Great Ormond Street maintained the treatment had little chance of success and it was kinder for life support to be switched off.
Little Charlie Gard's parents announce that their brave warrior whose plight touched the world has finally died after battling devastating genetic illness he fought for so long Little Charlie Gard's parents announce that their brave warrior whose plight touched the world has finally died after battling devastating genetic illness he fought for so long Reviewed by Alexander Von Stern on 11:09:00 Rating: 5