Little Charlie Gard battled for 12 minutes after his breathing tube was taken out before his heart stopped beating, his parents have revealed. Connie Yates and Chris Gard also revealed how they “got our last wish to bring him home” in a specially chilled ‘cuddle cot’ after he passed away, giving them more time together before he had to be moved to a funeral parlour.
The couple described the final heartbreaking moments with their son, revealing how he opened his eyes one final time before slipping away. The 11-month-old took his last breath at 3.12 pm last Friday week after being transferred five hours earlier to a hospice from Great Ormond Street Hospital where he had spent much of his short life. The couple took Charlie out for a walk in a pushchair in the hospice park and had plaster of Paris moulds taken of his feet and hands with theirs, then dressed him in a Babygro with stars on it.
His loving parents were right by his side when he died, and watched as his ventilator was disconnected. Mum Connie said: “Charlie opened his eyes and looked at us one last time and closed them before he passed away. We were warned it might take five or six minutes for him to die. But it took 12 minutes until his heart stopped beating. I held him in my arms. It was amazing to see him without the ventilator. Through sobs, Chris and I marvelled at how beautiful our son was.”