LONDON (RNS) — Charlie Gard didn’t make it to his first birthday.

The baby died on Friday (July 28) after his parents gave up a protracted legal battle with a London hospital over whether he could be successfully treated in the United States for a rare genetic condition. He was 11 months and three weeks old.

Charlie’s tragic fate became a cause célèbre, sparking a global debate on the ethics of life and death.

It prompted reactions from President Trump and Pope Francis and drew crowds of emotional people who waited outside the high court in London for judgments on the baby’s care.

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