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Baby Charlie Gard dies after life support withdrawn

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Charlie Gard, the critically ill British baby at the center of a legal battle, has died today. 

The 11-month-old suffered from a rare genetic disease, Mitochondrial Depletion Syndrome, that caused brain damage and left him unable to breathe unaided. 

His parents fought for the right to take him to the US for an experimental therapy they believed would prolong his life. But Charlie's doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital objected, saying the treatment wouldn't help and might cause him to suffer. 

The dispute ended up in court. 

A judge ruled yesterday that Charlie should be transferred to a hospice and taken off life support after his parents and the hospital that had been treating him failed to agree on an end-of-life plan. 

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