Vatican hospital offers to take in baby Charlie Gard
A pediatric hospital owned by the Vatican in Rome has offered to look after Charlie Gard for 11 months on Tuesday.
It is an effort to prevent doctors from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London from supporting their lives and allowing their parents to make the decision to do so.
Mariella Enoc, president of the Gesu Bambino Children’s Hospital in the Vatican issued a statement asking the Director of the London Hospital, where Charlie remains “to check the health conditions to finally transfer Charlie to our hospital.”
“We know it’s a lost case, and there seems to be no effective therapy,” Enoc said.
Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, has been in contact with Enoc, the Baby Jesus press office told CNN.
After this interaction, Enoch contacted the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Enoch said London hospital was very nice and thanked him for his interest, but confirmed that for legal reasons, Charlie transferring his care would be impossible.
The offer comes after a long legal battle over the fate of Charlie, a terminally ill child who has a rare genetic disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion disease. This leads to a weakening of dysfunction of muscles and organs, among other symptoms, with a poor prognosis for most patients.
His parents, Chris and Connie Gard Yates Charlie want to be released under his care so that he can take him to the United States for an experimental treatment.
But last week, following a series of increased judicial appeals, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the hospital could disrupt life support for the baby, who has been in intensive care since October.
His desperate situation focused the attention of Francisco and US President Donald Trump.
“The national courts have come to the conclusion that it would be legitimate for the hospital to eliminate a life-sustaining treatment since it was likely that Charlie would suffer significant harm if his current sufferings prolongaient without any realistic prospect of improved experimental therapy would be Effective without an advantage, “the court said in a press release.
Life support must be suspended on Friday.
The decision to end Charlie’s life support, contrary to the wishes of the parents, provoked reactions around the world.
On Sunday, the Pope called on the parents to “accompany and treat their children to the end.”
“The Holy Father continues with affection and the emotion of the situation of the little Charlie Gard and expresses his closeness to his parents. He prays for them, hoping that his desire to maintain and care for his own children up to will be respected. Final, “Greg Burke, director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a statement.
The declaration of the hospital of the Child Jesus began with a quote from a tweet Francisco June 30: “The defense of human life, especially when it is harmed by disease, is a duty of love that God gives to all.”
The hospital offered to keep Charlie in intensive care and allow his parents to decide “how to manage” to end their life, including when to stop life support, he said.
“We are close to their parents with our prayers and, if they wish, we are ready to receive their child in our structure, for the time they have left,” the hospital said.