Published: Fri, July 07, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Activist Mommy Rallies Prayers For Baby Charlie Gard

Activist Mommy Rallies Prayers For Baby Charlie Gard

He suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic illness which leads to progressive brain and muscle damage.

A spokesman for Charlie's parents told the Daily Mail that, following Mr Trump's tweet: "The White House has been in talks with Charlie's family, GOSH, the UK Government, the Department of Health and the American doctor who wants to treat Charlie".

Pope Francis has said Charlie's parents should be allowed to "accompany and treat their child until the end", while the Vatican's children's hospital has offered to care for their son.

After his doctors suggested removing Charlie's ventilator, parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates sought legal permission to bring their baby to the US for experimental therapy.

U.S President Donald Trump had stated that the USA would be "delighted" to help the baby, and White House officials have reportedly spoken with the family to offer support.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Tuesday that the Holy See would do everything possible to overcome legal obstacles to bringing Charlie to Rome for treatment. Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, has refused to allow Charlie to be taken out of the hospital.

The Vatican said that the Pope was following the case "with affection and sadness" and "expresses his closeness to his [Charlie's] parents".

The case was taken to the European Court of Human Rights, which declined to hear the matter last week, upholding previous court rulings that therapy would not help and that it was in Charlie's best interest to prevent further suffering by withdrawing life support.

Specialists at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital decided that a therapy proposed by a USA doctor for the infant was experimental and would not help, and that life support for the child should be stopped.

Enoc said she was contacted by the child's mother whom she describes as "a very determined and decisive person and doesn't want to be stopped by anything".

The intervention comes after the Pope tweeted his support for the little boy who said it is a duty of love entrusted by God to all.

However, it seems that the law has the final say in the fate of Charlie.

"They believe in our case and understand why we believe it is right to continue fighting so hard to save Charlie".

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