President Donald Trump on Monday offered to help a 10-month-old infant in the U.K. who is suffering from a rare genetic condition.
The boy, Charlie Gard, received international attention after a series of legal battles by his parents on whether he should continue receiving life support. He has been diagnosed with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. British courts ruled that he should no longer receive life support, since doctors said Gard had a zero chance of survival.
His parents held hope, however, that Gard could possibly receive an experimental treatment currently being tested in the United States. Therefore, Trump tweeted Monday morning that he would be “delighted” to help the infant in any way possible, and his declaration of support follows a similar message from the Pope hours earlier.
“If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” the president tweeted.
Following Trump’s message that used the hashtag #CharlieGard, people on Twitter started using #Trump4Charlie, saying that the president could possibly save the infant’s life. Others are also using it as an opportunity to bash the new healthcare bill, which they say will not offer such humane treatment to Americans.
The hashtag #CharlieGard received over 8,000 mentions on Twitter Monday morning.