Trump Tweet Forces Networks To Cover Charlie Gard
- Author: Jon Douglas Jul 07, 2017,
Jul 07, 2017, 0:30
An unnamed U.S. hospital today offered to treat 10-month-old terminally ill Charlie Gard for free, after President Donald Trump said he would be "delighted" to help the baby and his parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates.
Charlie, who turned 11-months-old on Independence Day, could lose life support any day now due to the European Court of Human Rights' decision "in Charlie's best interests". London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, which earlier turned down the parents' plea to move Charlie to the USA, has now refused a Vatican hospital's request to transfer the child to Rome for further treatment.
There is a widespread and nearly visceral feeling at home and overseas that the law made a gross mistake in the tragic case of Charlie Gard. He suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic illness which leads to progressive brain and muscle damage.
Sunday, Pope Francis entered the debate by supporting the parents of Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, and saying to follow "with emotion" this case.
White House spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferre said that members of the Trump administration have spoken to Gard's family.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Tuesday that the Holy See would do everything possible to overcome legal obstacles to bringing Charlie to Rome for treatment.
"The hospital told us that, for legal reasons, the baby can't be transferred to us".
On Tuesday, the parents lost a bid to take Charlie to the US for trial therapy when the European Court of Human Rights sided with earlier rulings that continued treatment would cause "significant harm" and that life support should end.
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.
Charlie's mum Connie said: "The support from the Pope and the President has given us hope".
"But I also know that no doctor ever wants to be placed in the bad position where they have to make such heartbreaking decisions".
They are traditional men who believe in the family.