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Pope's hospital offers to take in terminally ill Charlie Gard

Pope's hospital offers to take in terminally ill Charlie Gard Pope's hospital offers to take in terminally ill Charlie Gard
Clarence Schmidt | 06 July, 2017, 01:34

More than 1.3 million pounds ($1.68 million) has been raised to help 11-month-old Charlie Gard travel to America for treatment.

His parents want to move heaven and earth to save their child, who doctors say has brain damage after being diagnosed with infantile-onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

Earlier this week the Pope called for Charlie's parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates to be allowed to "accompany their child until the end".

The infant has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle after doctors at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital proposed switching his life support machine off.

She said doctors told her it would be more compassionate to let her son die when he began suffering seizures at the age of two months.

She said: I understand the world is asking 'How would Charlie be at the age of 9?'.

While British Prime Minister Theresa May offered her sympathies to Charlie and his family on Wednesday, she also would not commit to intervening in his case, according to The Guardian.

Great Ormond Street Hospital said Tuesday there were no new updates in Charlie's care.

"The president is just trying to be helpful if at all possible", Ferre said, adding that Trump had not spoken directly with the family and does not want to pressure them in any way.

On Saturday, Pope Francis made a statement saying that the Gards should be allowed to pursue any treatment option that may have a chance at saving their son.

The London hospital where Charlie Gard is living his last days has refused a transfer request from Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital in Rome for legal reasons.

Mariella Enoc, president of the hospital, said they were reaching out to Great Ormond Street Hospital in Britain, offering to take care of baby Charlie.

Charlie with his mother Connie and dad Chris.

Miracles happen, close to everyone, because God's Grace for us is vast, the problem is.we don't notice them. Ditto for a US hospital. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice, also wrote: "There is another round of appeals available for #CharlieGard before the European Court of Human Rights".

The rights of the child take primacy, rather than the rights of parents to make the call. They had already lost an appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

The courts ruled that keeping the baby on life support would only prolong his suffering as there was no hope of him recovering from the disease, which causes progressive muscle weakness, including in key organs such as the heart.

The statement came on Sunday, as members of the public protested outside Buckingham Palace against turning off the baby's life support.

Chiara accepts that each of the countries have different laws but said she felt compelled to speak out on the case after following it on social media. "It's a disgusting thing to have to decide".

"It's certainly good news for those parents". A family's ability to afford endless care usually poses a bigger obstacle than ethical disagreements.

The important question to ask in this and other unfortunately similar cases, he said, is, "What are the best interests of the patient?"

Mrs May said: "I'm sure the thoughts of all Members of the House are with the family and Charlie at this exceptionally hard time".

"It is a strong belief in the U.S and United Kingdom that medicine has one more trick up its sleeve", Caplan said. "But it's nearly never true at the end of life".

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