STATES CHRONICLE – A lot of efforts concentrated around Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old terminally ill baby from UK who the court decided should be taken off life support. After his parents were refused to transfer the baby for treatment in the US, the children’s hospital of Vatican offered to receive the boy.
Charlie cannot breathe without life support
Charlie is suffering from a rare mitochondrial disease, which gradually affects the baby’s brain and makes his muscles weaker. This genetic condition leaves him no longer able to move, so he cannot breathe off life support.
A team of medical experts from the UK, together with many others who expressed their opinion regarding the condition of the boy, think there’s not much to do in his case, and no other treatment would help him survive. Therefore, the UK court decided the baby should be taken off life support.
The baby is not legally allowed to be moved to another country for treatment
Also, they didn’t allow the parents to move their baby to another country for treatment. They wanted to take Charlie to the US, where he would undergo a therapy trial. However, the court finds this experimental method ineffective. This gave rise to an intense legal battle, which got many officials involved.
Now, Mariella Enoc, president of Bambino Gesu Hospital in Vatican, decided to help the baby and offered him a place at their hospital for treatment. Therefore, she asked for permission from Great Ormond Street Hospital, where the baby is currently held, if he could be moved. This came after both the Pope and the US President, Donald Trump, intervened for Charlie.
However, the hospital still doesn’t allow the baby to be moved because legal reasons are involved. The parents refuse to give up, so they have been given more time before Charlie would be taken off life support. They are allowed to spend the rest of the time with their baby, and not leave him alone on his last days.
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