Monday 26 February 2018

Trump in last-ditch offer to help dying 10-month-old Charlie

Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard. Picture: PA
Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard. Picture: PA

Victoria Ward

US President Donald Trump has made an 11th-hour intervention in the case of a terminally-ill British baby, Charlie Gard, by offering help to save him.

On Twitter, Mr Trump said: "If we can help little Charlie Gard, as per our friends in the UK and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so."

It comes as Chris Gard and Connie Yates are spending the last days of their 10-month-old son's life with him, after being given more time before his life-support is turned off.

Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, is being cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

The little boy has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle between his parents, who wanted him to undergo a therapy trial in the US, and specialists at the hospital who said the treatment was experimental and would not help.

Following Mr Trump's tweet, Theresa May's official spokesman said the British Prime Minister's thoughts are with Charlie and his family but declined to comment on Mr Trump's tweet.

On Friday a picture of the couple sleeping on either side of their son in hospital was posted on their Twitter account. The couple released an emotional video a day earlier saying they had been told Charlie would die on Friday.

They said they had been denied their final wish to be able to take their son home to die and felt "let down" after losing their legal fight.

The hospital later confirmed it was "putting plans in place for his care".

Charlie's plight has touched many people and the family received donations totalling more than €1.5m to take him to the US for therapy.

Irish Independent

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