Since the European Court of Human Rights has given its final say on Charlie Guard’s life – that he is not allowed to go to the US for experimental treatment – the British infant’s fight to survive seemed to have come to an end.
Then, President Trump and the Pope chimed in.
Pope Francis tweeted: ‘To defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all.’
A few days later, Trump backed the Pope: ‘If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.’
Now it seems two lawmakers are doing what they can to make this happen.
To defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) June 30, 2017
If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
The Republican members of congress stated they plan to introduce a bill next week that would give Charlie Gard and his parents lawful permanent resident status in the US.
Giving the critically ill child this status would allow the family to leave the UK and receive the experimental treatment Charlie’s parents had arranged for.
“Despite Charlie’s heartbreaking condition, his parents have refused to give up hope,” said Reps. Brad Wenstrup (OH) and Trent Franks (AZ). “They have advocated for him fiercely. They have raised over £1 million to pay for their son to receive experimental treatment in the United States. They have kept fighting for his life.”
The two lawmakers stated their bill “will support Charlie’s parents’ right to choose what is best for their son, by making Charlie a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. in order for him to receive treatments that could save his life.”
Wenstrup and Franks continued: Should this little boy to be ordered to die — because a third party, overriding the wishes of his parents, believes it can conclusively determine that immediate death is what is best for him?
Every human life has dignity, including the lives of those who cannot speak up for themselves. When government is able to overrule a parent or guardian in determining a patient’s best interest, every vulnerable patient is put at risk.
We offer Connie Yates and Chris Gard our heartfelt support as they seek to care for their son.
In a statement to the Washington Post, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center said Thursday it would be willing to admit Charlie and evaluate him “provided that arrangements are made to safely transfer him to [its] facility, legal hurdles are cleared, and [it receives] emergency approval from the FDA for an experimental treatment as appropriate.”
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