Charlie Gard has passed away after physicians turned off his life support system. Having fought for months to let him get experimental treatment in the U.S, Charlie’s parents withdrew their petition earlier this week along with his life support was removed now. Charlie, who would have turned one next week, spent his brief life fighting the rare genetic condition, mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.
His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, were equally unknowingly carrying the faulty gene. Doctors think that Charlie, born August 4 last year, is one of only 16 individuals to have ever suffered from the condition.
The syndrome refers to a group of disorders that cause affected tissues to suffer from a significant fall in mitochondrial DNA. This meant that Charlie didn’t receive any energy to his muscles, brain, and kidneys.
The syndrome is typically fatal in infancy and early childhood and there’s currently no cure, even though some treatments have demonstrated a decrease in symptoms. His parents establish a significant fundraising page that increased 1.3 million British Pounds intending to get Charlie sent to America for an experimental new treatment called nucleoside bypass.
This treatment could theoretically have mended Charlie’s mitochondrial DNA helping it to synthesise again.
However, Charlie’s parents lost a court battle as judges sided with doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital who called for his ventilator to be switched off allowing Charlie to ‘die in dignity’.
The couple also had their final wish, taking Charlie to his home on his last day before he passed away, rejected, although he had been transferred to a hospice to get the end of life care.
Connie and Chris have thanked the thousands of those who have supported them, now called Charlie’s Army, through the incredibly distressing moment.
Article source: Unilad