United States hospital offers terminally ill Charlie Gard 'free treatment' after Trump intervenes

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 4, 2017

His message was shortly followed by an offer of sanctuary from the Paediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu - known as the "Pope's Hospital" - in order to preserve the child's life.

The offer of help from a USA hospital, reported by The Sun, came a day after Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: "If we can help little Charlie Gard, as per our friends in the United Kingdom and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so".

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump have offered to help the parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard who have tragically been told that their child will no longer receive medical help.

Charlie, who suffers from the rare genetic condition mitochondrial depletion syndrome, is severely brain damaged and has muscle weakness.

"We know that the case is desperate".

Pope Francis and Donald Trump have shown their support for a terminally-ill boy from west London.

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.

Charlie's parents, who are both in their thirties and live in west London, have already raised more than £1.3m to take their son to the U.S. for treatment.

"If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the United Kingdom and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so", he said in a tweet.

Life support is expected to be discontinued Friday.

On Sunday, Pope Francis called for the parents of the baby, who is in a hospital in London, to be allowed to "accompany and treat their child until the end".

"The Holy Father is following with affection and emotion the situation of little Charlie Gard and expresses his closeness to his parents".

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. "For this he prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected".

Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life issued a statement saying: "Dear Charlie, dear parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates, we are praying for you and with you".

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