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Trump tweeted about a dying boy. Here’s what you need to know about his rare disease

The tragic story of Charlie Gard has focused a spotlight on a rare genetic disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.
Charlie Gard

The tragic story of a 10-month old British baby who is on life support in a London hospital has focused a spotlight on an often-fatal rare genetic disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. The case even caught the attention of President Trump on Monday, who tweeted that “if we can help” the boy, Charlie Gard, “we would be delighted to do so.”

Charlie’s parents have said they hoped to bring him to the United States for an experimental treatment, but a months-long legal battle gave Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children permission to withdraw life support, inciting condemnation from the Vatican to the White House

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