Vatican Owned Hospital to Take in Baby Sentenced to Death

Tabitha Dunn
July 6, 2017

The Feltham and Heston MP urged Mrs May to do "all she can" if there was the possibility of Charlie being flown to the U.S. for treatment.

She said: The story touched us because one of our children has a mitochondrial disease, too. At the time he was perfectly healthy, but soon started to decline. "But the British hospital told us that the board can not transfer the child to us for legal reasons". Enoc said this was "sad" but "our doctors and scientists are still looking into the possibility". "We listened to what the mother asked us with great attention, and she's determined to fight to the end". But those who are rightly moved by the plight of Charlie Gard would be right to think carefully about Tuttle's question: What duty of care do we owe them simply on account of their being human beings, who are by nature possessed of an inalienable dignity?

Even the Vatican had difficulty with Charlie's case, as was clear in the conflicting messages that at first came from the Holy See.

"I also know that no doctor wants to be placed in the awful position where they have to make such heartbreaking decisions", she said.

Enoc said they know Charlie's is a hopeless case and, apparently, there is no effective therapy to treat him.

"We express our closeness to parents in prayer, and, if this is their desire, we are available to welcome their child with us, for as long as he lives".

Previously, Pope Francis called on Gard's parents to be allowed to decide what happens to the child.

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How was the decision made to end life support? Greg Burke, spokesman for the hospital, said, "No hospital is flawless, but it is false and unjust to suggest that there are serious threats to the health of children at Bambino Gesu".

United Kingdom envoy Boris Johnson's comment to the Italian foreign minister on Wednesday came after the Vatican children's hospital offered to treat 11-month-old Charlie Gard. Johnson's spokesman 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".

On Tuesday, the parents lost a bid to take Charlie to the US for trial therapy when the European Court of Human Rights sided with earlier rulings that continued treatment would cause "significant harm" and that life support should end.

Ten-month-old Charlie Gard, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, with his parents, Ms Connie Yates and Mr Chris Gard.

The unnamed hospital made the offer following a tweet by President Trump on Monday saying the US would be "delighted" to help the 11-month-old.

In recent days, Bambino Gesù has also been under fire for alleged financial irregularities that emphasized profits over children's health, which officials have vigorously denied.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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