Terminally Ill Baby, Charlie Gard, Can't be Transferred to Vatican Hospital

Charlie Gard

With a more detailed report than the other two, CBS Evening News anchor Elaine Quijano introduced a segment on Charlie by saying, "President Trump and Pope Francis are offering to help a terminally-ill baby in Britain". The baby's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have lost their legal battle to keep Charlie on life-support and seek treatment for his rare condition in the United States.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled last week that a British hospital can discontinue life support for Gard, who has a rare genetic disease.

The parents of Charlie, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, lost a legal battle to take the 10-month old to the United States for experimental treatment.

The president of the Bambino Gesu hospital, Mariella Enoc, told reporters she had asked GOSH if Charlie could be transferred but was informed he could not be moved.

Donald Trump also tweeted in support of the tot and claimed the White House had been in talks with his family, the Pope and the Government over his treatment.

Charlie with his mother Connie and dad Chris. We have now learned that the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital reached out to the British hospital (Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children) and volunteered to take the baby. They raised over $1 million to do this, but English courts sided with the hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, which wants to remove him from life support rather than allow him to be transferred to another hospital.

In March, however, Charlie's doctors recommended that they remove his life support, saying there was nothing more they could do to help him.

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There is some legal uncertainty, too: Under British law, parental responsibility includes the right to give consent for medical treatment, according to the British Medical Association. On June 29, hey were denied their final wish to take their son home to die.

Enoc said Pope Francis's words on the Gard case summed up her hospital's mission.

Citing legal issues, the White House declined to say whether a USA hospital or doctor had become involved in the discussions to provide care for the child.

Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, said the pope was following "with affection and emotion" the events concerning Charlie Gard, a 10-month-old infant born in England with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which causes progressive muscle weakness, brain damage and respiratory or liver failure; it is typically fatal.

Paglia's comments reportedly upset some conservative Catholics, who argued that they advocated euthanasia and were patronizing to Charlie's parents.

A Vatican statement Sunday shifted the Holy See's position from earlier in the week, when the Vatican's bioethics advisory panel had noted the need to do whatever helps a patient but also to sometimes accept the limits of medicine.

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