Trump vows to help Charlie Gard, the terminally ill infant at center of British legal battle
President Trump and the Vatican have spoken in support of Charlie Gard, a British baby ended whose case attracted worldwide attention after European courts have decided that he could be removed from life support against the wishes of his parents.
Francisco said on Twitter that “they defend human life, especially when it is harmed by disease, it is a duty of love that God gives to all.”
Italian news agency ANSA reported on Monday that officials of an Italian hospital belonging to the Vatican asking their counterparts from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London Charlie is 10 months old can be transferred from Rome to Rome.
Helen Aguirre Ferré, director of media affairs at the White House on Monday, said that “learning” Charlie’s case, the president “has offered to help the family in this heartbreaking situation.”
It is not at all clear how the United States government could help. During a harrowing legal struggle in Europe, Charlie’s parents argued that there was no experimental treatment in the United States they had not tried.
However, the courts decided that the therapy would not help and extend the treatment that Charlie would probably cause more harm to the child.
Trump did not speak directly to the family, said Aguirre Ferré, but administration officials have given in to the British government.
“The president trying to be useful, if possible,” he said.
As for the possible treatment in Rome, the president of the Bambino Gesù hospital, Mariella Enoc, said on Monday: “We know it is a lost case and there are no effective therapies.” According to ANSA, Enoc added: “We are close relatives and prayer, if it is your desire, ready to carry your child during the time he has left of life.”
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, who responded to the pope’s remarks with the hashtag #CharlieGard, said in a statement that Francis had called Charlie’s parents to deal with him until his death.
“The Holy Father follows with affection and emotion the case of little Charlie Gard and expresses his closeness to his parents,” the statement said, according to Vatican Radio. “For them, pray, hoping that their desire to support and care for their own child in the end is not overlooked.”