Six years later, the brave lad can move his hands, fingers, feet and arms and
is a “strong and happy boy” after previously being told he had just two months to live.
Charlie’s defiant parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard are now fighting for
ten-month-old Charlie to have the same life-changing treatment in the US.
Art said he put Charlie’s parents in contact with the Columbia University Medical
Centre in New York where he “found hope” for his son Arturito.
He believes his son would “surely be dead by now” if the family lived in the
The 51-year-old government consultant, said: “We feel very fortunate to be American
and not British – because if we lived in the UK Arturito would surely be dead by now.
“We are beyond shocked that doctors in the UK are saying Charlie should ‘die with
“How insensitive when there is a treatment which could save Charlie’s life and
eminent doctors in the US who are willing to help him.”
Art earlier had praised Donald Trump on Good Morning Britain for "saving" Charlie
after he offered free care to the terminally ill youngster.
He said: "President Trump has saved him. He was set to die yesterday morning."
Art also appeared to disagree with Dr Hilary Jones, who said Charlie's type of
disease is "far rarer" than his son's, saying: "My son has been on a ventilator for 5 years. He’s getting stronger. When he got home four years ago he couldn’t move anything, only his eyes. Now he
can move is hands, feet and fingers, he’s a happy boy.
"Sir you are 100 per cent wrong. Charlie Gard is a human being and he deserves the
opportunity to live."
Trump yesterday joined the Pope in voicing support for sick Charlie, who is
set to be taken off life support against his parents' wishes following a legal battle.