UK & European courts rule in favor of the hospital’s decision to end baby Charlie Gard’s life humanely
10-month-old Charlie Gard suffers from a rare genetic condition that has resulted in him being kept on life support since the day he was born, as he is unable to breathe on his own.
Charlie’s family fought a long legal battle to allow them to transport their son to the United States for a trial therapy that was ultimately lost when the European Court of Human Rights deemed ongoing treatment would cause “significant harm” and that the proposed therapy would not make a difference in Gard’s quality of life.
On Saturday, Pope Francis made a statement saying that the Gards should be allowed to pursue any treatment option that may have a chance at saving their son.
The Vatican press office stated the Pope is following the case of Charlie Gard closely, and that “. . . he prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected.”
Although the Gards’ bid for trial therapy was declined, the London Children’s Hospital stated on Friday that Charlie will be given “more time” before his life support is ended.
President Trump reaches out to the Gard family
Trump tweeted on Monday that “if we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”
Spokeswoman for the White House Helen Aguirre Ferre said that the Trump administration has been in touch with Gard’s family.
”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.” Ms. Ferre stated about the incident.
However, there is little President Trump can do in face of the U.K. and European court’s ruling against keeping Charlie on life support.