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Charlie Gard: Pope Francis offers parents support

From BBC - July 3, 2017

Pope Francis has called for the parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard to be allowed to "accompany and treat their child until the end".

Chris Gard and Connie Yates had been expecting their 10-month-old's life support to be turned off on Friday.

But Great Ormond Street Hospital said it will continue Charlie's care to allow family to spend more time with him.

The Vatican said the Pope was following the case "with affection and sadness".

A statement released on Sunday said the Pope wished to "expresses his closeness to his [Charlie's] parents".

"For this he prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected," it said.

The statement came on the same day demonstrators gathered outside Buckingham Palace to protest against the decision to allow Charlie's life-sustaining treatment to be withdrawn.

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