Charlie Gard's parents have announced that they are halting their legal fight to get their terminally ill infant to the United States for possible treatment.
Grant Armstrong, the lawyer for Chris Gard and Connie Yates, explained to a United Kingdom court that the opportunity for possible treatment had already passed.
"For Charlie, it is too late ... treatment cannot offer a chance of success," explained Armstrong to the court, as reported by CNN. Armstrong added that Gard and Yates "want to spend time with Charlie" before he is allowed to die.
Below are five reactions to the tragic news, including a statement from the parents, and declarations from others who closely followed the legal saga.
In a statement read to media in London, the parents explained that treatment would no longer work at this point and that they will "let our son go to be with the angels."
"This is one of the hardest things that we will ever have to say and we are about to do the hardest thing that we'll ever have to do, which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go," stated the parents, as reported by the Independent.
"Put simply, this is about a sweet, gorgeous innocent little boy who was born with a rare disease who had a real genuine chance at life and a family who loved him so very dearly. And that's why we fought so hard for him."
The parents noted that a "lot of time has been wasted" because Charlie was "left to just lie in hospital for months without any treatment whilst lengthy court battles have been fought."
"Tragically having had Charlie's medical notes reviewed by independent experts, we now know had Charlie been given the treatment sooner, he would have had the potential to be a normal healthy little boy," added his parents.
Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, representing the Catholic Church in England Wales, called for sympathy and prayers for the family.
"Their farewell to their tiny and precious baby touches the hearts of all who, like Pope Francis, have followed this sad and complex story. Charlie's life will be lovingly cherished until its natural end," stated the Bishops' Conference.
"At this moment it is important to remember that all involved in these agonising decisions have sought to act with integrity and for Charlie's good as they see it."
The Bishops added that the "professionalism, love and care for severely ill children consistently shown at the Great Ormond Street Hospital is also to be recognised and applauded."
Pro-life activist Lila Rose, head of the organization Live Action, expressed condolences and pointed out that a lack of treatment for Charlie sealed his fate.
"Can't imagine how devastating it is right now for parents of #CharlieGard. Praying for the family as they spend their last moments together," tweeted Rose.
"Tragic. For months, @GreatOrmondSt hospital and the courts held #CharlieGard hostage, letting little Charlie deteriorate without treatment," she added.
Matt Walsh, opinion columnist with The Blaze, took to Twitter to blame the hospital and the courts of the United Kingdom for the death of Charlie Gard.
"The hospital and the courts killed this baby. His death will be on their souls. God have mercy on them," tweeted Walsh, getting over 250 retweets and more than 440 likes as of Monday afternoon.
Last month, Walsh penned a column denouncing Charlie Gard's treatment, labeling it "barbaric" and "what happens when human life is not considered sacred."
"This is what happens with socialized medicine," wrote Walsh in June. "If the State runs the health care system, ultimately they will be the ones who decide whose life is worth saving and whose isn't."
Ross Douthat, opinion columnist with The New York Times, posted the parents' statement on his Twitter page and added that the whole incident was inexcusable.
"There was absolutely no good reason to overrule this couple's basic parental rights," tweeted Douthat, whose post has gotten as of Monday afternoon more than 330 retweets and over 570 likes.
He also posted a link to a column he wrote that was published last week in which he stated that "the Gards should be allowed to try one last time to heal their baby son."