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

Britain turns down Italy's offer to treat terminally ill baby

Britain turns down Italy's offer to treat terminally ill baby

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 hospital treating Charlie Gard would consider any offers or new information relating to the "wellbeing of a desperately ill child", Theresa May said.

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.

Charlie's dad and mom care for him and treat him lovingly and have raised the funds needed to bring their son to the United States for an experimental cure.

"We are close to the parents in prayer and, if this is their desire, willing to take their child, for the time he has left to live", said Mariella Enoc, president of Bambino Gesù Hospital, in a statement on Monday. His doctors in Britain want to take him off life support, arguing that he has no hope of surviving without assistance and that he should be allowed to die in dignity.

London hospital refused a transfer request from Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome for legal reasons.

The fate of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill infant, has come to the attention of two of the most powerful people on the planet: Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump.

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Charlie's young life has become a cause celebre among American conservatives, who see it as a disturbing case of government overreach.

But their legal attempts were blocked by judges in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court - all of whom supported the doctors' judgement.

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. His parents and a London children's hospital said Friday that the 10-month-old boy will be given "more time" before life support is withdrawn.

A FCO spokesperson said: "The Foreign Secretary said this was a deeply tragic and complex case for all involved, and said it was right that decisions continued to be led by expert medical opinion, supported by the courts, in line with Charlie's best interests".

The European Court of Human Rights has refused the parents' appeal to take him to the USA for experimental treatment. Specialists have said the proposed therapy wouldn't help Charlie.

According to Charlie's doctors, they infant is believed to be in "continued pain, suffering and distress" and that the experimental treatment in the USA would "continue to cause significant harm" with little benefit.

"We must do what advances the health of the patient, but we must also accept the limits of medicine", he said, and, according to Catholic teaching, "avoid aggressive medical procedures that are disproportionate to any expected results or excessively burdensome to the patient or the family".

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