Pope reverses Vatican stand on British sick baby case

Pope reverses Vatican stand on British sick baby case

Charlie is now at the Ormond Hospital in London, where doctors have asked for his killing.

On Sunday, the Vatican also released a statement saying that the Pope was following the case of the sick child, "with affection and sadness" and was close to his parents: "For this he prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end isn't neglected".

Trump did not elaborate on how the U.S. might help the child, but a United States doctor has agreed to carry out an experimental treatment called nucleoside bypass therapy. They have raised about $1.7 million to do so, and have found an American hospital willing to provide the therapy.

He suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic illness which leads to progressive brain and muscle damage.

His lungs can not function without a ventilator and a decision was made by doctors that he is in pain he should be allowed to die.

The European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene.

The Charlie Gard case has drawn worldwide attention after Pope Francis and President Donald Trump expressed their support for the terminally ill 11-month-old baby, who is set to die after a European court ordered he should be taken off life support.

A Vatican hospital said that it will treat the baby. Above Pope Francis
A Vatican hospital said that it will treat the baby. Above Pope Francis

"The world is watching", reads the headline across the top of charliesfight.org, the website dedicated to Charlie's cause.

Nigel Farage spoke to a family member of critically ill baby Charlie Gard in what was an incredibly powerful interview.

On Monday, Trump tweeted his support for Charlie's parents as doctors in London prepare to turn off his life support. In response, the London hospital confirmed that for legal reasons, they could not transfer Charlie to their care.

The mum of an Italian boy with a condition similar to Charlie Guard has told his parents:' Don't give up - miracles happen'. His parents have gone through a lengthy legal battle for their son to undergo a therapy trial in the US, despite doctors saying the treatment would not help.

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. It is a principle that applies even in cases where parents have an alternative point of view, according to Britain's Court of Appeal.

"The Holy See will make every effort to overcome the legal obstacles that prevent the transfer of the infant Charlie Gard", the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, told journalists, adding that it is important to offer all possible hospitality to Charlie and his parents "so they can continue treatment".

Charlie's parents appealed to the UK Supreme Court to decide the best interests of their child. On June 29, hey were denied their final wish to take their son home to die.

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