The president took to twitter late Monday morning to offer a helping hand to Charlie Gard.
The president wrote: “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”
If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
WHO IS CHARLIE GARD?
From the Sun:
Charlie Gard is just ten months old but the fight for his life has touched the world.
A major fundraising campaign was set up to pay for pioneering treatment in the USA which his mum and dad, Connie and Chris, hoped would save his life.
The tot is in the “terminal stages” of a disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, after both of his parents were unknowingly carrying the faulty gene.
Charlie is said to be one of only 16 people to have ever had the condition and his desperate mum and dad have been unable to find a treatment in the UK for him.
Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital said Charlie should be allowed to die in dignity and applied for permission to have his ventilator switched off.
But his parents and supporters have been fighting for him to be given a final chance, and raised £1.3million so he can be sent to America for treatment.
His dad made a desperate plea with the court in April to save his son, begging: “He deserves this chance.”
Clutching his son’s toy monkey, Chris Gard told the High Court: “My son is the apple of my eye and I would do anything for him.”
Charlie’s mum and dad say he is a “prisoner” in hospital and Great Ormond Street’s treatment has been “inhuman”.
What did the courts rule and why did they go to the European Court?
Charlie’s distraught parents were told by a judge at the High Court on April 11 that his life support machine can be turned off.
The court sided with doctors against the couple, ruling that it would be cruel to try and extend Charlie’s life further.
Mr Justice Francis said he had made the decision with the “heaviest of hearts” but with “complete conviction” for Charlie’s best interest.
On May 2, the couple took their fight to the Court of Appeal where they begged senior judges not to stop them trying to save their badly brain-damaged son.
Connie and Chris hired new lawyers, from Harris Da Silva Solicitors, for the second chance at saving their son’s life.
Three Court of Appeal judges upheld the High Court ruling on May 25.
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