President Trump has said he would be “delighted” to help terminally ill Charlie Gard – and a US hospital has offered to treat the baby for free
A European court has ruled that little Charlie – suffering with mitochondrial depletion syndrome – should have his life support machine switched off.
US President has joined the battle to help the ten-month-old undergo an experimental treatment in America.
He 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
And it is understood that an American hospital has offered to treat the sick tot for free if he is allowed to cross the Atlantic.
A series of British court rulings have found that continuing Charlie’s treatment could cause “significant harm.” And on Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the hospital can take him off life support, in accordance with Charlie’s doctors’ wishes.
His parents, however, have raised nearly $2 million to bring Charlie to an American hospital to undergo experimental treatment.
From their GoFundMe page:
“we found hope in a medication that may help him and a Dr in America has accepted him in his hospital. It hasn’t been tried on anyone with his gene before (he’s only number 16 in the world ever reported) but it’s had success with another mitochondrial depletion syndrome called TK2 which is similar – it’s helping children to get their strength back and live longer!”
“We have been in talks today with Great Ormond Street and they have agreed to give us a little bit more time with Charlie,” said the baby’s mother, Connie Yates. “We’re making precious memories that we can treasure forever with very heavy hearts.”