Vatican hospital offers to take in baby Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard: US hospital 'offers free treatment' to terminally ill baby after Donald Trump intervenes

Vatican hospital offers to take in baby Charlie Gard

On Sunday, Pope Francis called for Charlie's parents to accompany and treat their baby until the end.

It is impossible to meet Rome's request to move 10-month-old terminally ill Charlie Gard to the Bambino Gesù Hospital, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano Wednesday.

Connie Yates and her husband Chris Gard filed a case in the European Court of Human Rights that ruled June 27 the boy could not be taken to the USA and should be removed from life support.

The baby's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, made an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to overturn the ruling and allow them to take the baby to the USA for an experimental treatment, but it refused to intervene.

Rare-disease specialists at Vatican-owned Rome children's hospital Bambino Gesù are working with other worldwide experts to map out an experimental treatment protocol for Charlie, hospital chief Mariella Enoc said. His doctors wish to take him off life support, but his parents disagree. The president's comment came after Pope Francis issued a statement saying the parents' rights to treat their son "until the end" should be respected.

Helen Ferre, director of media affairs at the White House, said Monday, "Upon learning of baby Charlie Gard's situation, President Trump has offered to help the family in this heartbreaking situation". Over the phone, Alfano raised the case and reiterated the Vatican kids' hospital's offer, the foreign ministry said.

President Donald Trump has offered United States help to a British baby with a rare genetic disorder who is due to be taken off life support after courts ruled further treatment would prolong his suffering. 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".

Charlie's life support is expected to be discontinued Friday.

In the United Kingdom doctors have the final say on the treatment of a patient and if they feel it is in their best interests while in Italy the family of the patient have the final say.

But following the Supreme Court and European Court rulings that his life supports system should be switched off there is no chance that the youngster would be allowed to fly across to Italy. "We also encourage the Catholic community to pray for Charlie, his parents and all those that have been caring for him".

A succession of judges has backed specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London who say the treatment won't help Charlie and may cause him to suffer. There is now no known cure, but other children born with similar types of conditions are being successfully treated with the nucleoside therapy that Charlie's parents want to try. Charlie's parents have used a crowdfunding website to raise the money needed to pay for his treatment in the U.S. Instead, it revolves around an ethical debate about what's best for the child.

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