The parents of Charlie Gard thanked President Donald Trump and Pope Francis for bringing international attention to the fight for their baby’s life.
Charlie is the 11-month-old baby boy who was born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome which has left him unable to breathe without a ventilator. Doctors at a British hospital want to remove him from his breathing tube and let him die. His parents have continued to push for therapies.
On Monday, Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, delivered 350,000 signatures to the hospital asking it to relinquish their baby so they may take him to the U.S. where there are treatments that could give him “the chance he deserves."
BBC.com reports that the parents say the treatment gives Charlie a 10 percent chance at life and his mother says, “That’s a chance worth taking.”
Gard said they needed a specialist in Charlie's condition and therefore need to send him to America to “give him the chance he deserves.”
An American family has undergone similar treatments for their boy, who’s now 6, which is why the couple wants to bring Charlie to America.
The couple has been in and out of court demanding the boy be allowed to get treatment or be released. Monday, they were back in Britain’s highest court fighting the doctors who want to let the boy die.
The Daily Caller reports that, on June 27, the European Court of Human Rights “effectively handed Gard a death sentence” when it ruled the boy should be taken off life support.
Monday on the BBC 4 radio network, the couple said that Trump’s offer to help the family and the pope’s offer to treat him at the Vatican children’s hospital has buoyed their hopes.
The Guardian reports that Yates said the two offers have turned their fight “into an international issue” and the “single biggest factor” in keeping the boy alive so far.
She said that “there are a lot of people who are outraged about what is going on.”
Among them is evangelist Franklin Graham, who has called for people to pray:
A GoFundMe account has raised more than 1.3 million pounds for his treatment.
Yates says that she wants to bring Charlie to America because “there’s nothing to lose and he deserves a chance."