The story of little Charlie Gard seemed destined to end in tragedy. Despite Charlie’s parents’ wish to bring him to the U.S. for experimental treatment, European courts have decided it was in the infant’s best interest to die. However, President Trump is making a last ditch effort to save the child.From the Telegraph:
US President Donald Trump has made an eleventh-hour intervention in the case of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard by offering help to save him.
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
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 suffers from a rare condition with no known cure:
Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, is being cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).Charlie’s story became a global sensation, allowing the parents the opportunity to raise enough money to afford treatment in the United States:
Charlie’s plight has touched many people and the family received donations totalling more than £1.3 million to take him to the US for therapy.Although there is nothing more doctors in the UK can do for the child, Charlie’s parents wanted the opportunity to see if his life could be saved in America. Despite their effort, the European court system has condemned the child to death:
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”.
With all legal avenues exhausted, President Trump’s support could be Charlie’s last chance at survival. Although the experimental treatment’s success isn’t certain, the parents believe they have the right to at least attempt to save their child’s life. In President Trump, they found their most powerful ally yet.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]