On Monday, July 3, 2017, Pope Francis and President Donald Trump offered assistance to the British family of a terminally ill baby. This comes after the European courts ruled the hospital can remove the infant from life support.
Charlie Gard suffers from a rare medical condition known as MDS. This disorder causes the infant to require aid for breathing. He is also unable to move, see or hear, according to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Currently, research has yet to find a cure for MDS.
The child’s parents have successfully raised money to make the trip to the United States, where they would like him to receive an experimental treatment. Thus far, they have acquired almost $2 million.
President Donald Trump inserted himself into the emotionally charged case. He offered to help the British parents. Trump, did not, however, indicate how he would do this. There is little he can do since the British courts have decided in favor of the hospital’s decision, which will not allow the young family to travel to the United States seeking alternative treatment for their baby.
Trump offered this support, even as his fellow Republican Senators struggle to reach a consensus on a healthcare reform plan that would slash spending for low-income Americans, according to Chicago Tribune.
On Sunday, Pope Francis called for the infant’s parents to be allowed to do everything possible to treat their child. Vatican Radio said, “The Holy Father follows with affection and emotion the case of little Charlie Gard and expresses his own closeness to his parents.”
Then, on Monday, President Trump tweeted, that the United States would be delighted to assist the family. He indicated he was in agreement with “our friends in the U.K and the Pope.” Trump’s Tweet used the hashtag, which is being used on the internet to show support for the child; #CharlieGard.
The president has not personally spoken to the family. However, members of his administration have, according to Chicago Tribune. Helen Aguirre Ferre, a White House representative relayed that Trump wants to help this young family, during the “heartbreaking situation.”
Written by Tynesia Cabil
Edited by Cathy Milne
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