July 19, 2017

Pray for Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard is an 11 month old baby in the UK who suffers from a genetic disorder known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. His condition is caused by a disruption in the mitochondria, the part of the cell that provides energy to his muscles, kidneys and brain. There is a new treatment available which is a nucleoside bypass therapy, which could potentially repair Charlie’s mtDNA and help it synthesize again by providing him the naturally occurring compounds that his body cannot now produce.

Charlie's Situation is Dire

"According to press accounts, Charlie is terminally ill at this point. His parents have raised more than $1 million to try an experimental treatment to help him, but hospital officials—backed by British and European courts—have forbidden his parents to take him from the London hospital where he currently is." [Source]

England's National Health Service has repeatedly denied Charlie this potentially lifesaving treatment despite the pleas of Charlie’s parent and other medical experts. The hospital insist it is in Charlie’s best interest to cease all life support, since the odds of recovery are slim. Pray that the governing authorities come to their senses and allow this child to obtain the treatment he urgently requires.

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