Charlie Gard to be buried with 'beloved' toy monkeys


Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby who died a week shy of his first birthday after a lengthy court battle that captured worldwide attention, will be buried with his "beloved" toy monkeys, his parents said Monday.

Gard died on Friday in a hospice after he was taken off life support. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, were embroiled in a legal battle for months, trying to bring their infant son to the United States for an experimental medical treatment that offered a sliver of hope to combat Gard's rare genetic disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome.

Family spokeswoman Alison Smith-Squire said the parents haven't finalized funeral arrangement plans, but "have decided Charlie will be buried with his beloved toy monkeys."

On Friday, Yates said in a statement: "Our beautiful little boy has gone, we're so proud of him."

Charlie was described as being born "perfectly healthy" at birth, but he was admitted to the hospital months later. His parents then spent several months trying to persuade London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie was being treated, to allow them to bring their ill son to the U.S. in an attempt to save his life.

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