Trump and the Pope extend support for baby Charlie Gard's survival

Charlie Gard: US hospital 'offers free treatment' to terminally ill baby after Donald Trump intervenes

Trump and the Pope extend support for baby Charlie Gard's survival

On Sunday, the Pope called for the parents to "accompany and treat their child until the end".

The Vatican's children's hospital has offered to take in terminally-ill Charlie Gard after hearing of his plight. After several months of court battles, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Great Ormond Street Hospital can discontinue life support.

Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, would like to try an experimental treatment in America that, at present, isn't able to cure Charlie, but might restore some of his brain function while the disease progresses.

Mariella Enoc told reporters she had asked the hospital if Charlie could be transferred to their unit in Rome. His doctors wish to take him off life support, but his parents disagree.

In a statement the Vatican said the Pope "expresses his closeness to his [Charlie's] parents".

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Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "confident" Great Ormond Street Hospital "have, and always will, consider any offers or new information that has come forward with consideration of the well-being of a desperately ill child".

His message was shortly followed by an offer of sanctuary from the Paediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu - known as the "Pope's Hospital" - in order to preserve the child's life.

US President Donald Trump has also offered to help and on Tuesday the Sun reported an unnamed US hospital was ready to treat him free of charge despite United Kingdom and European court's rulings against useless treatment. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice, also wrote: "There is another round of appeals available for #CharlieGard before the European Court of Human Rights".

Enoc said London's Great Ormond Street Hospital would agree to a transfer if the Bambino Gesù agreed to implement a British supreme court ruling that Charlie should be taken off life support, but the Rome hospital was unwilling to do this. There is now no known cure, but other children born with similar types of conditions are being successfully treated with the nucleoside therapy that Charlie's parents want to try.

According to Charlie's doctors, they infant is believed to be in "continued pain, suffering and distress" and that the experimental treatment in the United States would "continue to cause significant harm" with little benefit.

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The High Court considered evidence from a specialist who would oversee any treatment Charlie had at a hospital in the US.

"For them he prays, hoping that their desire to accompany and care for their own child to the end is not ignored", Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said.

The pope's top bioethics official initially suggested that while the parents' wishes should be respected, they must also be helped to accept the limits of medicine.

The European Court of Human Rights has refused the parents' appeal to take him to the U.S. for experimental treatment.

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