[Ed. – So much has been written about this agonizing case. Keep in mind that, for those who want to set wise limits on government, the concern is not that some other action of the state could have changed the outcome for Charlie. None of us can say whether that was possible. The concern is that a principle is established of the state’s courts presuming to rule against life, on the flawed and dangerous premise that government can decide when that is in the best interests of the human being in question. Here, meanwhile, let Charlie’s parents speak their benediction.]
British baby Charlie Gard, who was at the center of a legal battle that captured the world’s attention, died Friday, one week before his first birthday.
“Our beautiful little boy has gone, we’re so proud of him,” his mother, Connie Yates, said in a statement.
Charlie was born on August 4, 2016, seemingly healthy. But two months into his short life his parents noticed his health was declining. They took him to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in October where he remained at least until Thursday. …
“We just want some peace with our son, no hospital, no lawyers, no courts, no media, just quality time with Charlie away from everything to say goodbye to him in the most loving way,” Yates said in a statement after the judge’s order was given.
“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 said in a statement after they gave up their fight. They called Charlie their hero.