Charlie suffers from a rare genetic disease known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. The disease causes progressive muscle weakness and extensive brain damage. As a result, Charlie is unable to breathe on his own and uses a ventilator.
His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have been fighting to send Charlie to the United States, to receive a medical intervention called nucleoside bypass therapy, an oral medication that has only been taken by a handful of sufferers, and none with Charlie’s specific faulty gene, but his doctors in the intensive care unit at Great Ormond Street hospital have argued the proposed treatment is experimental and has no chance of saving the baby’s life.
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
Our thoughts, prayers & love to #CharlieGard and his amazing parents. 💙💙💙Blue Hearts Forever #CharliesArmy 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/wJYLgpfJP8— Reggie N Bollie (@ReggieNBollie) June 30, 2017