Trump offers support for terminally ill British baby

Brandon Parsons
July 6, 2017

Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, took the hospital to court to challenge the decision, pleading with medics to allow Charlie to undergo a therapy trial in the US.

Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, are now spending their final days at their baby's side.

Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, said the pope was following "with affection and emotion" the events concerning Charlie Gard, a 10-month-old infant born in England with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which causes progressive muscle weakness, brain damage and respiratory or liver failure; it is typically fatal. The boy has trouble with basic life functions with his life itself being maintained by a ventilator in a British hospital.

At Prime Minister's Questions, the family's MP Seema Malhotra said it was "clear that if Charlie remains in the United Kingdom there is no further treatment available and that life support will be switched off".

Under British law, it is normal for courts to intervene when parents and doctors disagree on the treatment of a child - such as cases where a parent's religious beliefs prohibit blood transfusions. Charlie's situation resulted in a worldwide debate over his fate.

They said they felt "let down" by the legal decision.

His message was shortly followed by an offer of sanctuary from the Paediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu - known as the "Pope's Hospital" - in order to preserve the child's life.

She said GOSH responded that Charlie can not be moved for legal reasons.

Baby Charlie Gard's story has captured the hearts of many.

Charlie's continuous struggle for life and his parents' desperate plight took the internet by storm, and several people voiced their support for the baby.

The identity of the hospital and the doctors have been kept secret, both for their safety and the child's, but the offer is a great turn of events for Charlie and his parents, who have been trying to raise money for the very expensive travel and procedure.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Great Ormond Street will "always consider any offers on new information" about his welfare.

She said: I understand the world is asking 'How would Charlie be at the age of 9?'. Further court actions, including a decision by the European Court of Human Rights June 27, upheld the ruling.

The European Court of Human Rights has refused the parents' appeal to take him to the United States for experimental treatment.

White House spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferre said that members of the Trump administration have spoken to Gard's family.

The parents of Charlie Gard, who is 10 months old and has brain damage, were fighting to take him to the U.S. for an experimental treatment for his extremely rare form of mitochondrial disease, but lost their case in British courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

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