US President Donald Trump weighed in on the case of Charlie Gard, the 11 month old child whose parents were denied the right to take him to the US to receive an experimental treatment to extend his life.
Little Charlie suffers from a rare mitochondrial disease which has already caused him severe brain damage. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, fought a legal battle to bring him to the US to receive the experimental therapy and to keep him on life support.
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
However, doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, where Charlie has been treated, were granted permission by a court to turn off his life support so that he may die peacefully and without further pain.
The denial of the parents’ right to attempt to save their child has faced international criticism.
President Trump wrote on his Twitter account Monday: “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”
Trump referred to a similar call by Pope Francis to help Charlie Sunday.