08:27, July 05 245 0 theguardian.com

2017-07-05 08:27:03
Theresa May says hospital 'will consider any offers' in Charlie Gard case

The hospital treating Charlie Gard would consider any offers or new information relating to the “wellbeing of a desperately ill child”, Theresa May has said.

The prime minister’s comments came after the Donald Trump, and Pope Francis tweeted their support for the boy, who has been at the centre of a long legal battle involving his parents and doctors at Great Ormond Street hospital.

May told MPs on Wednesday: “It is an unimaginable position for anybody to be in and I fully understand and appreciate that any parent in these circumstances will want to do everything possible and explore every option for their seriously ill child.

“But I also know that no doctor ever wants to be placed in the terrible position where they have to make such heartbreaking decisions.”

Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, lost a legal battle to take the 10-month old to the US for experimental treatment.

May said: “I am confident that Great Ormond Street hospital have [sic] and always will consider any offers or new information that has come forward with consideration of the wellbeing of a desperately ill child.”