U.S. Hospital Offers To Treat Charlie Gard For Free

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A hospital in the U.S. has offered to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard for free.

The announcement came after Charlie’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates said they have been given more time before his life-support is switched off, according to the Mirror.

Ten-month-old Charlie is being treated for a rare genetic condition, mitochondrial depletion – which causes muscle weakness and brain damage – at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

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On Thursday, Chris and Connie lost their legal battle when the European Court of Human Rights ruled his life support was to be switched off.

The couple had hoped to take Charlie to America for pioneering treatment, after raising more than £1.3m to take him to the country for the therapy.

Just hours before the unnamed hospital made the offer of free treatment, Donald Trump posted a tweet to say he would help if he could.

Speaking of their devastation after the court ruling last week, Chris and Connie released a statement on Facebook.

They said:

We are utterly heartbroken, spending our last precious hours with our baby boy.

We’re not allowed to choose if our son lives and we’re not allowed to choose when or where Charlie dies.

We, and most importantly Charlie, have been massively let down throughout this whole process.

Charlie will die knowing that he was loved by thousands – thank you to everyone for your support.

Our thoughts are with the family.