Charlie Gard is a British baby born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS), a rare, genetic condition. The British Courts ruled that the hospital could remove the mechanical ventilation, providing palliative care only, which would essentially mean he would die. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates were in opposition, and campaigned to keep him alive on life-support, until they could travel to the United States where an experimental treatment is available.
The courts ruled against Charlie Gard’s parents, saying that the trip to the United States would cause him, “significant harm.”
Honorable Peter Francis, a High Court judge, stated in his ruling, “I find that it is in Charlie's best interests that I accede to these applications and rule that Great Ormond Street Hospital may lawfully withdraw all treatment, save for palliative care, to permit Charlie to die with dignity."
The parents have found a doctor in the United States that will perform the experimental treatment. They have raised the money to pay for it. But the British courts refuse to let them bring Charlie Gard to the United States.
President Trump has expressed a willingness to help.
If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
Representative Trent Franks believes that Charlie Gard deserves a chance to fight for his life, stating, “We are all Charlie Gard."
Franks writes on his Facebook page "The doctors and judiciary have decided to hold little Charlie Gard hostage, insisting he must die in their ‘care.’
"If this can happen across the pond, it can happen here.
"The purpose of government is to protect innocent human life. Both the U.K. and the U.S. share a common Western heritage that values life regardless of its 'potential.'
"That is why Congressman Brad Wenstrup and I have proposed legislation to grant lawful permanent status in the U.S. to Charlie Gard and his family, so they can at least pursue their best hope for Charlie."