President Trump on Monday tweeted that he would be “delighted” to help a critically ill British infant named Charlie Gard.
Gard, who suffers from a rare genetic disease, is reportedly expected to have his life support turned off this Friday.
Twitter users on Monday debated whether the doctors caring for Gard or his parents should decide the 11-month-old infant’s fate.
Helen Ferre, director of White House media, said Monday that Trump is trying to aid Gard and his parents in their “heartbreaking situation.”
“Although the president himself has not spoken to the family, he does not want to pressure them in any way,” she said, according to CNN. “The President is just trying to be helpful if at all possible.”
“Members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government,” Ferre added of Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who are Charlie Gard’s parents.
Charlie Gard has reportedly been in the intensive care unit at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London since October.
The child was born last August with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which leads organ dysfunction and weakened muscles.
The European Court of Human Rights last week ruled that a hospital can end life support for Charlie Gard, who cannot breathe or move on his own.
Chris Gard and Yates want their son released into their custody in the hopes of receiving experimental treatment for his condition in the U.S.
Charlie Gard’s future has sparked global debate over what role the government should have in choosing if people live or die over a family’s wishes.