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The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard announced that their little boy passed away on Friday, after a long battle with a rare genetic disease.

Baby Charlie, who would have turned 1 next month moved hearts and minds around the world when civil courts and his hospital refused to let parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard take him to the U.S. for treatment or even let him die in the comfort of his home.

'Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie," his mother said.

Earlier this month, Columbia University Medical Center neurologist Dr. Michio Hirano offered to try a new experimental therapy on Charlie. By the time he was able to examine the baby's condition, however, it had deteriorated so much that the doctor said the therapy would not be worth it.

Although Charlie's parents had the funds to transport him overseas for treatment and wanted to do so back in November, both Britain's Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London's preference that he stay in the hospital's care.

On Wednesday the parents gave up their plea to let Charlie die at home. The baby was moved to a London hospice yesterday, where he passed away.

"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," the baby's father said through tears on the steps of the courthouse. "We had the chance but we weren't allowed to give you that chance. Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy."


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