Last Summer, little Charlie Gard, the English baby whose parents fought for the right to treat his mitochondrial disorder at a different hospital, captivated the world. Everyone from President Trump to Pope Francis tried to intercede to get Charlie a chance at living.
Despite the intercession of such powerful world figures, the hospital refused to allow Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, to take their baby to the U.S. or Vatican City for treatment. On July 29th, due to hospital orders, Charlie was allowed to die.
On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the parents of Charlie Gard to the White House. According to a picture tweeted by the VP, Connie Yates and Chris Gard met with Pence.
“An honor to welcome the courageous parents of little Charlie Gard, Chris and Connie, to the @WhiteHouse to discuss the life and legacy of their son. Their parental love and devotion to their son is inspiring and a reminder of how precious all lives are,” wrote Pence.
Pence was a staunch pro-life advocate for Gard while he was still alive. Along with President Trump and Pope Francis, Pence supported the couple's parental rights to decide the best treatment for their son.
Charlie Gard suffered from a rare genetic disorder called Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome. If left untreated, it causes brain damage. Charlie's parents spoke to an expert in the U.S., who agreed to give Charlie experimental medical treatment. However, the Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Gard was treated, wanted to take him off life support and they refused to let him be moved. They argued that the baby should die with dignity.
Gard’s parents wanted to bring their son to the U.S. for treatment, but the hospital refused to release him. At the end, the hospital even refused to allow the parents to take their baby home so that they could spend some time with him outside of a hospital before he passed away.
Chris and Connie plan to use the 1.3 million pounds they raised to take Charlie to the U.S. for treatment to help other children. They are starting The Charlie Gard Foundation.
"[It is] a foundation that will help other children with mitochondrial diseases, and rare childhood illnesses. Too many children are losing their fight against rare medical conditions, which emphasises the need for more research, and we hope we can help deliver this through Charlie’s foundation," wrote Charlie's parents on their website.
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