US President Donald Trump has offered to help the family of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard as an American doctor and hospital said it could treat the 10-month-old boy for free.
Trump offered his support to Chris Gard, 32, and Connie Yates, 31, as doctors prepare to turn off Charlie’s life support.
The US President tweeted: ‘If we can help little Charlie Gard, as per our friends in the UK and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.’
Mr Gard and Miss Yates are spending the last days of their son’s life with him, after being given more time before his life support is turned off.
The couple, from Bedfont, west London, raised £1.3million so they could take their son to get treatment in the US, but were told by three UK courts they were not allowed.
In a final blow, the European Court of Human Rights said last month that Charlie’s life support would be turned off and they could not take him to America.
Members of the White House administration have spoken to the couple and Trump offered to help them in the ‘heartbreaking’ situation.
A family spokesperson said: ‘Chris and Connie 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 president’s tweet, which had 4,000 retweets and 12,000 likes within 20 minutes of being posted at 3pm, comes after Pope Francis called for the parents of the baby to be allowed to ‘accompany and treat their child until the end’.
The Vatican said the pope ‘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’.