Trump offers help for British baby on life support

Trump offers help for British baby on life support

Trump offers help for British baby on life support

The U.K. hospital recently won a court case against the couple that allows it to turn off life support and let Charlie die.

Charlie's case appeared to end last week when the European Court of Human Rights rejected his family's final appeal to be able to take their son to the United States of America for experimental treatment.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates hold their son Charlie at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.


The Vatican children's hospital studied whether it was possible for Great Ormond Street to transfer Charlie to Rome.

Pope Francis had already expressed his support for Charlie's family, and on Tuesday the Vatican said it would do everything it could to make sure Charlie gets the treatment he needs.

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Charlie's parents appealed to the UK Supreme Court to decide the best interests of their child.

The Gard case has stirred wide worldwide interest, with U.S. President Donald Trump tweeting out on Monday, "If we can help little #CharlieGard, like our friends in the United Kingdom and the Pope, we would be happy to do so".

"Upon learning of baby Charlie Gard's situation, President Trump has offered to help the family in this heartbreaking situation", White House media affairs director Helen Ferre said.

Charlie with his mother Connie and dad Chris.

The fate of Charlie seems set despite the Pope offering his private medical facilities at the Vatican in Rome for his use to care for the baby. The controversy around Gard has engulfed the Vatican, which infuriated some on the right by not immediately siding entirely with the parents, who want to seek experimental medication in the US or bring their child home to die. And that battle officially ended this past week when the highest court in Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, decided in favor of the hospital.

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A baby whose terminal illness has spurred global efforts to help him is expected to die at a London hospital after doctors and the British government says he should not be moved.

In an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the 37 MEPs wrote they were "obliged to voice our deepest concerns about the outrageous outcome of Charlie's case, which infringes Europe's most fundamental values, particularly the right to life, the right to human dignity and personal integrity".

They are now spending the last days of his life with him.

Charlie Gard is a 10-month old baby who appeared to be suffering from mitochondrial disease.

Charlie's parents, both aged in their 30s and from Bedfont, west London, have been given more time with their son before his life support is turned off.

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The pope's top bioethics official initially suggested that while the parents' wishes should be respected, they must also be helped to accept the limits of medicine.

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