Published: Fri, July 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump offers help to parents of sick baby

Trump offers help to parents of sick baby

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) authorized on 27 June the end of the baby's survival, following the British court which had previously allowed the end of the artificial ventilation of the child.

The US President said this week he would be "delighted" to help Charlie, who is being cared for in London, after a United Kingdom court ruled his life-support machine should be turned off. London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, which earlier turned down the parents' plea to move Charlie to the US, has now refused a Vatican hospital's request to transfer the child to Rome for further treatment.

Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition which causes brain damage and muscle depletion and no one can be certain whether or not he feels pain, GOSH has said.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates have campaigned to take 11-month-old Charlie, who has a rare genetic condition, to the USA for experimental treatment.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano that it is "right that decisions continue to be led by expert medical opinion, supported by the courts", according to the Press Association in the United Kingdom.

A spokesman at the Vatican's hospital said Wednesday that Great Ormond Street Hospital turned down the offer, citing legal reasons, but that officials are still working on a solution.

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"The President is deeply moved by the heartbreaking situation facing Charlie Gard and his parents", a White House source told the newspaper.

After a confusing message from the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, in which they seemed to side with the British hospital's life ending decision, Pope Francis was compelled to put out his own statement about Baby Charlie, reiterating the need to protect life at all costs. "For this he prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected".

Charlie's mum Connie said: "The support from the Pope and the President has given us hope".

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May supports the court ruling, stating her support for the opinions of the doctors at Great Ormond Street, where Gard is being held, who say it's time to remove his life-support and allow him to die.

"They believe in our case and understand why we believe it is right to continue fighting so hard to save Charlie".

"The president is just trying to be helpful, if at all possible", she said.

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