Trump offers support for terminally ill UK babyComments
Terminally ill baby Charlie has another person fighting on his side – this time its US President Donald Trump.
He’s offered to help the ten-month old after his British parents lost a legal battle to to give him experimental therapy in America.
Trump’s intervention follows that of the Pope who says Charlie’s parents should be allowed to treat their child until the end.
“If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”
Trump said in a Tweet post on Monday.
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
Parents Chris and Connie have launched a fundraising appeal to pay for their son’s treatment in the US. Charlie has a genetic disorder which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.
On June 27 , Charlie’s parents lost their final legal appeal to take him to the US for experimental treatment.
Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled the experimental treatment would prolong the child’s suffering without any prospect of helping him.
His parents also said the hospital had denied their final wish to be able to take their son home to die, and felt “let down” following the lengthy legal battle.
Judges at the European Court of Human Rights concluded that further treatment would “continue to cause Charlie significant harm”, in line with advice from specialists at Great Ormond Street.
Charlie’s parents had been expecting their 10-month-old’s life support to be turned off on Friday.
Great Ormond Street Hospital in London said it will continue Charlie’s care to allow the family to spend more time with him.