The Pope and the President offer Support for Charlie Gard


The heart string tugging story of terminally ill infant Charlie Gard has gotten the attention of Pope Francis and President Trump.

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that a hospital can pull life support to the baby, who has a rare genetic disease. 

Charlie has mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome which leads to weakened muscles and organ dysfunction, among other symptoms.

His doctors say the best course to take is to pull him off life support, but his parents disagree. 

Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, want the hospital to release their son into their care so they can take him to the United States for an experimental treatment.

This week a statement released by the director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke on behalf of the Pope says the parents should be allowed to accompany and treat their baby. 

"The Holy Father is following with affection and emotion the situation of little Charlie Gard and expresses his closeness to his parents. He is praying for them, in the hope that their desire to accompany and care for their own child until the end will be respected."

Trump tweeted his support of the family as well.

Director of media affairs at the White House, Helen Ferre says the president is offering whatever help he can.

"Upon learning of baby Charlie Gard's situation, President Trump has offered to help the family in this heartbreaking situation. Although the President himself has not spoken to the family, he does not want to pressure them in any way, members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government. The President is just trying to be helpful if at all possible."


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