One of the most endearing instances that showed President Donald Trump’s true character was when he provided his private jet to a family whose child needed to be transported across the country, but for medical reasons was unable to fly on a commercial flight.
On Monday morning, Trump again showed how much he truly cares for people in need, particularly children, when he reached out to the family of another sick child on Twitter.
The president tweeted that the U.S. would be “delighted” to help Charlie Gard, a baby from the United Kingdom suffering from a fatal genetic condition and whose parents have been desperately trying to keep alive.
“If we can help little (Charlie Gard), as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” the president tweeted.
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
Gard was born in August 2016 with a rare inherited disease called “infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome,” also known as MDS or MDDS, according to Heavy.
Although he was scheduled to be taken off of life support on June 30, doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London where Gard was being treated decided to extend the life-sustaining care to allow parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, to spend more time with their son.
However, the hospital has refused to release the baby into Gard and Yates’ care so that they can travel to the U.S. for experimental treatment.
“After endlessly researching and speaking to (doctors) all over the world we found hope in a medication that may help him and a (doctor) in America has accepted him in his hospital,” Yates explained on a GoFundMe siteset up for her son.
The treatment was unavailable in the U.K., but the hospital believed it was “not in the child’s best interests” for him to travel to the U.S. and instead wanted to simply remove him from the ventilator and let him die.
The parents went to court over the disagreement, and on June 27, they lost their final legal appeal in the European Court of Human Rights, according to BBC.
Judges agreed with the hospital specialists that further treatment would “continue to cause Charlie significant harm.”
That’s when the U.S. president stepped in and offered his help to the child’s parents, citing Pope Francis’ similar outreach.
On July 2, the Vatican issued a statement saying that the Pope “prays for (the parents), hoping that their desire to accompany and care for their child until the end is not disregarded.”
Trump can sometimes come across as harsh, but only in situations where a strong stance is needed. In situations like these where a child’s life is at stake, his sincerity, kindheartedness and compassion shine.
Isn’t that what makes a good leader? Someone who knows when to be tough, yet remains capable of having a heart. We certainly think so, and we’re thrilled that he has reached out to the family of Charlie Gard.
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