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LONDON, England, August 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – It took 12 minutes for Charlie Gard to die after his ventilator was removed, his parents said in a new interview, and he “opened his eyes and looked at us one last time and closed them before he passed away.”

Charlie died just one week before his first birthday. He captured the world’s attention when his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, raised more than $1.5 million to treat his rare mitochondrial disease. Chris and Connie wanted to pursue experimental treatment in the U.S.; Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) wanted to remove Charlie’s life support.

A lengthy legal battle ensued. Charlie’s parents eventually withdrew their request to have him transferred because months of delays greatly worsened Charlie’s chances of survival. GOSH denied them their final wish of bringing him home to die. He was transferred to a hospice and had his ventilator removed on July 28.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Chris and Connie detailed Charlie’s last moments with them.

“We took Charlie out for a walk in a pushchair in the hospice park,” said Chris. “We had little plaster of Paris molds taken of his feet and hands with ours.”

“We dressed him in a Babygro with stars on it. He looked so beautiful and innocent,” said Connie. “The hospice staff popped in. Those last five hours had flashed by. A woman said the moment we dreaded would happen in the next five minutes. Chris and I were both crying. We laid on the bed with Charlie between us, each of us holding a hand. We were both telling him we were there, we loved him, how proud we were of him.”

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