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Despite big offers, little has changed for baby Charlie Gard

His desperate plight has come to the attention of Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump.

The head of the Catholic Church has called for the parents of Charlie Gard to be allowed to "accompany and treat their child until the end".

Helen Ferre, director of media affairs at the White House, said Monday, "Upon learning of baby Charlie Gard's situation, President Trump has offered to help the family in this heartbreaking situation". Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, wanted the hospital to release Charlie into their custody so they can take him to the United States for an experimental treatment.

Some $1.68 million have been raised to help him leave Britain for treatment.

On Friday a picture of the couple sleeping on either side of their son in hospital was posted on their Twitter account alongside the hashtags #jesuisCharlieGard #charliesfight #letcharliegohome. They remain at Charlie's bedside and his condition remains stable'.

But last week, after a series of escalating legal appeals, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the hospital can discontinue life support for the baby, who has been in the intensive care unit since October.

The hospital later confirmed it was "putting plans in place for his care". "We, and most importantly Charlie, have been massively let down throughout this whole process".

The hospital has offered to keep Charlie on life support and allow his parents to decide "how to handle" ending his life, including when to switch off life support, it said.

He also drew criticism for saying the parents' wishes should be respected, but that they must also be helped to understand the "unique difficulty of their situation".

Gard and Yates then filed a request with the European Court of Human Rights, an global court based in Strasbourg, France, to consider the case, but the judges there also ruled in favor of his doctors.

A hundred protesters held a demonstration outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on Sunday, shouting "Save Charlie Gard" next to a banner that read "Murder".

Other posters with pictures of Charlie said "Where there's life, there's hope" and "parental rights".



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