Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Excruciating dilemma over Charlie Gard decision

Charlie Gard: US hospital 'offers free treatment' to terminally ill baby after Donald Trump intervenes Excruciating dilemma over Charlie Gard decision
Carol Daniels | 06 July, 2017, 00:56

Gard's case has created an worldwide uproar and sparked debate over whether the government should be able to mandate "death with dignity" over a family's wishes to seek out experimental medication for their sick child.

The European Court was asked to determine if the British Court was correct in allowing the hospital the right to remove life sustaining support from Charlie based on the premise that the child is now in pain and any further treatment would likely bring more suffering without any realistic prospect of improving the boy's condition.

Fox 8 in Cleveland, Ohio reports that a Vatican-owned pediatric hospital in Rome offered to take 11-month-old Charlie Gard into its care on Tuesday.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital have said their hands are tied and they have to respect the ruling by Britain's highest court.

"I was contacted by Charlie's mother, a very determined lady who asked me to look into the possibility of her son receiving treatment", said Mariella Enoc, the president of the Vatican hospital.

"They believe in our case and understand why we believe it is right to continue fighting so hard to save Charlie", she said.

The hospital's president said it would put Gard on life support and allow his parents to make decisions on his future.

Mr Trump tweeted on Monday: "If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the United Kingdom and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so".

Hope Emanuele's mum Chiara Paolini has followed the tragic case of Charlie Gard from her home in Massarosa near Florence and has urged his parents not to give up hope

Both United States President Donald Trump and Pope Francis unite to show and call support to the sick baby, Charlie Gard.

Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, would like to try an experimental treatment in America that, at present, isn't able to cure Charlie, but might restore some of his brain function while the disease progresses. His doctors now wish to take him off life support.

White House director of media affairs Helen Ferre said: "President Trump has offered to help the family in this heartbreaking situation.

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".

Mr Alfano said he had instructed the Italian ambassador in London to discuss the matter with the management of Great Ormond Street Hospital, where the ten-month-old...

In a statement the Vatican said the Pope "expresses his closeness to his [Charlie's] parents".

Charlie's life has hung in the balance since his birth. The parents said that the hospital did not allow them to take Charlie home.

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected an appeal filed by the parents to enable Gard, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage from which he is not expected to recover, to undergo treatment in the U.S.

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