Hope For Charlie Gard: President Trump Reaches Out To Parents Via Twitter

Chris Hard and Connie Yates—parents of a terminally-ill baby boy denied the right to live by the European Court of Human Rights—just got a helping hand from an unlikely person: The President of the United States.

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#CharlieGard recently became a trending hashtag on social media after a legal decision denied the baby’s parents the right to continue life support—even after raising £1.3 million from the public so they could fly to the U.S. and receive care.

The legal mandate would effectively guarantee that Charlie—who suffers from a rare condition resulting in brain damage—would die on Friday after life support is revoked, prompting the parents to release an emotional plea:

The Pope also reached out to the parents, saying they should be allowed to “accompany and treat their child until the end.”

A statement on behalf of the Pope, released by the Vatican, added that he “is following with affection and sadness the case of little Charlie Gard and expresses his closeness to his parents. For this he prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected.”

Upon hearing about their surprising new allies, Chris and Connie’s family spokesperson said they “are overwhelmed with emotion that US President Donald Trump and the Pope have spoken publicly of their support. Their kind words have given them so much comfort. Currently they remain at Charlie’s bedside and his condition remains stable.”

The White House released a statement on the matter:

“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. Due to legal issues, we can not confirm the name of doctor or hospital where the baby could be treated in the United States.”

On Sunday, demonstrators appeared outside of Buckingham Palace to protest the court’s decision.

Banners and posters reading “It’s Murder” and “Where’s There’s Life, There’s Hope” were waved.


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