BREAKING: Baby Charlie has died

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Charlie Gard, the British baby whose plight with a terminal illness touched hearts worldwide, died Friday, U.K. media is reporting.

On Thursday, a British judge ruled that the baby should be taken off life support and transferred to hospice care. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, had begged for permission to bring their son home, so they could spend more time with him and let him die at home, but even that request was denied them.

Little Charlie died Friday, soon after his life support was withdrawn and he was moved to hospice facilities, The Telegraph has reported.

Ms. Yates, Charlie’s mother, said, “Our beautiful little boy has gone. We are so proud of you, Charlie.”

Charlie was born on August 4, 2016, and appeared to be perfectly normal, but was then discovered to have a form of mitochondrial disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

He had progressed to the stage where he could no longer see, hear or move.

Charlie’s parents gained international attention when they fought for the right to bring their son to the United States for treatment. But the disease progressed so rapidly, it was too late to save him.

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