GOP Lawmakers Offer to Introduce Legislation to Help Baby Charlie Gard

A banner hung outside Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

The parents of a dying baby in the United Kingdom are thrilled their case is returning to court, after two previous legal battles saw no change in their son's treatment. "He could be my child, or your child, or any one of us", said Foster.

Mr. Trump also waded into the debate last week, tweeting that the U.S.

The application came after both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump fuelled worldwide attention to the case, with hospitals in Rome and the USA offering to provide Charlie the experimental therapy. They raised the funds required to do so through an online crowdfunding campaign.

Charlie's mum Connie Yates and dad Chris Gard, from west London, said they are determined to continue their fight for their son to have nucleoside therapy.

Honorable Peter Francis, a High Court judge, stated in his ruling, "I find that it is in Charlie's best interests that I accede to these applications and rule that Great Ormond Street Hospital may lawfully withdraw all treatment, save for palliative care, to permit Charlie to die with dignity".

Courts have preciously denied Parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard the right to send Charlie to the USA on the grounds it would prolong his suffering.

"The moment a human life can begin to be measured on a sliding scale - when lawmakers and doctors decide what "life is unworthy of life" - this is the moment our humanity itself begins to unravel", he added.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard
The parents of Charlie Gard Connie Yates and Chris Gard hope to send their son to the USA for life-changing treatment

Both Peter - who met baby Charlie Gard's parents at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Fathers' Day - and Maxwell's mum Emma have spoken out strongly in favour of Charlie receiving experimental drug treatment available in America.

A protest was staged outside Colchester Town Hall to raise awareness of Charlie's struggle and the legal battle his parents are facing.

The parents have found a doctor in the United States that will perform the experimental treatment. "I will be the first to welcome that outcome", Francis told Gard's lawyers.

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan has reportedly said it would "admit and evaluate" Charlie for treatment, as long as the baby can be transported safely to the facility, Fox News reported. The couple also sought to have the case heard by the U.K. Supreme Court in June, but the case was also dismissed.

Likewise, Charlie is not a cautionary tale about a single-payer system being unwilling to foot the bill for pricey care - if money were the issue, the hospital would be shooing him out the door - or about death panels deciding who deserves care.

"This is about Charlie and giving him the chance he needs".




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