President Donald Trump and Pope Francis are voicing support for a British couple whose sick 10-month-old son was slated to have his life support cut off despite their objections.
In a statement released Sunday, Vatican officials said that the pope was following the case of Charlie Gard, who has a rare form of mitochondrial disease, “with affection and sadness” and was close to his parents, the Guardian reported Monday.
“For this he prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end isn’t neglected,” Pope Francis’ statement read.
The couple also received the support from another influential leader across the Atlantic on Monday. In a tweet released Monday morning, President Donald Trump said: “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”
Last Tuesday the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France refused to intervene in the case, upholding previous courts which ruled that Great Ormond Street Hospital in London had the right to remove life support from the child.
Gard’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, had raised over $1.6 million through a crowdfunding campaign to transfer their son to a hospital in the United States for an experimental treatment. But the ECHR judge maintained, citing medical experts, that nothing else could be done for the child and that it was in his best interest to die.
The hospital told the parents that the life support would be removed Friday but then delayed doing so amid public outcry in an eleventh hour move to give the parents more time to say goodbye. The hospital also told the parents they could not take the child home to die and also reportedly refused to allow for a hospice arrangement.
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Source: Christian Post