Donald Trump Inserted Himself Into the Story of a Terminally Ill Baby Being Taken Off Life Support

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that infant Charlie Gard should be
taken off life support per the hospital’s recommendations and
against his parent’s wishes, but in concordance with previous
rulings. Now, for some reason, the Pope and Donald Trump are
getting involved.

Born to Chris Gard and Connie Yates in 2016,
Charlie Gard was already suffering from brain damage and a rare
form of a mitochondrial disease which causes muscles to
progressively weaken. His parents opted to keep him on life
support, against the recommendation of doctors, and petitioned
to bring him to the U.S. for an experimental treatment. CNN
reports that an extension on
Charlie’s life support ended last Tuesday, when the ruling was
made official, though there was no immediate plan made for
changing his care.

The Guardian reports that on Sunday
evening, the Vatican released a statement about Charlie, who
has caught international attention as his parents fight to
continue his life, which said that the Pope thinks of Charlie’s
parents with “affection and sadness” and that he “prays that
their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end
isn’t neglected.” This is a shifting message from a position
released by the Vatican’s bioethics advisory panel last week,
in which they said patients should accept the limits of
medicine.

Then on Monday, Trump weighed in, speaking in what reads as the
royal “we”:

The New York Times notes that Trump is “not
known to have expressed a view on the matter previously,” but
if his buddy the Pope has
something to say about it, so does he.

Since launching their case to get Charlie to America, Gard and
Yates have raised $1.7 million to pay for the experimental
treatments that they believe could help Charlie, who is blind,
deaf, and unable to move or breath on his own. Even the
specialist in the U.S. agrees that their treatment will not
reverse the brain and cellular damage which he has already
suffered, even if it has some halting affect on his syndrome.
On Friday, Yates released a statement asking
for privacy as they prepared to say “the final goodbye to our
son Charlie.” On Monday, they posted Trump’s tweet to their
Facebook page:

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