Parents hit £1.2million target for baby’s treatment
There’s good news to report today! An amazing £1.2million has been raised online by generous members of the public to fund a very poorly little baby’s treatment in America, all just two months after an internet appeal was launched!
The astounding sum means parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates, of Bedford, can afford pioneering treatment for baby Charlie in the U.S. as he suffers from a rare genetic condition. A total of 80,000 people pledged money after his mum and dad launched their appeal on the GoFundMe website. It’s a major step forward for the family as specialist doctors at Great Ormond Street in London had applied for permission to switch off Charlie’s life support as there is no known cure for his condition and said the baby should be moved to palliative care.
However, Charlie’s mum and dad refuse to give up. In their appeal, Connie said: “We strongly feel as his parents that Charlie should get a chance to try these medications. He literally has nothing to lose but potentially a healthier, happier life to gain.” She also said: “Our gorgeous little 7 month old boy Charlie has a devastating disease called mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Me and his daddy Chris are both carriers of a faulty gene. (This was unknown to us until Charlie was three months old.) He was born on August 4 perfectly healthy but then he started to decline. We took him into hospital at 8 weeks old and none of us have been anywhere near home since.”
The appeal’s success has even astonished the people behind the online crowdfunding platform. A GoFundMe spokesman is reported by the Metro as saying: “The outpouring of support for Charlie and his family is absolutely incredible. This is the second largest campaign we’ve seen in Britain and the social sharing and number of donors are absolutely huge. It is very rare and hugely moving to see this many people come together so quickly and it’s testament to the power of Charlie’s story.”
Well done to everyone who supported #CharliesFight! For more information about the campaign and to donate visit the GoFundMe page here.