Pope Francis has led tributes to baby Charlie Gard after he died earlier tonight.
As thousands of people took to social media to pay their respects, the Pope wrote that he entrusted ‘little Charlie to the Father’ and prayed for ‘his parents and all those who loved him’.
Pope Francis became involved in the case on July 2 when he called for the couple to be allowed to ‘accompany and treat their child until the end’.
He said then that he had been following Charlie’s struggle with ‘affection and sadness’.
Pope Francis said he entrusted Charlie to ‘the Father’ and is praying for his parents
Eleven-month old Charlie (pictured) died earlier tonight after his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard fought a long legal battle to take unwell boy to the US for treatment
Charlie’s mother, Connie (pictured centre), said tonight: ‘Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie’
The Pope previously tweeted: ‘To defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all’
The Pope later tweeted: ‘To defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all.’
On July 4 Mariella Enoc, president of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu hospital, offered to take Charlie in for treatment.
She said the clinic had reached out to Great Ormond Street Hospital about taking over care for the boy.
Enoc said in a statement at the time: ‘We know that it is a desperate case and that there are no effective therapies.
Mr Gard and Miss Yates are pictured at the Great Ormond Street Chapel. On July 3, the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu, known as the ‘Pope’s Hospital’ which sits close to the Vatican’s walls, offered to treat Charlie
‘We are close to the parents in prayer and, if this is their desire, willing to take…