Lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation next week to grant lawful permanent residence to a terminally ill infant.
“Our 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,” Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said in a joint statement Friday.
“Despite Charlie’s heartbreaking condition, his parents have refused to give up hope,” the statement reads. “They have advocated for him fiercely. They have raised over 1 million [pounds] to pay for their son to receive experimental treatment in the United States. They have kept fighting for his life.”
The European Court of Human Rights decided June 27 that the hospital could remove life support from Charlie. Great Ormond Street Hospital, the facility that has been keeping Charlie since October, is planning to remove his life support, The Atlantic reported.
Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Constance Yates, want to bring their son to the United States to undergo treatment of his disease, infantile-onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. The couple has raised nearly $1.7 million on GoFundMe for expenses related to his treatment.
BBC News reported Friday that Great Ormond Street Hospital “has applied for a fresh hearing in the case of Charlie Gard following claims of ‘new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition.’”
The Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital offered to care for Charlie, but was denied Wednesday by the Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Atlantic reported.
British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons Wednesday Charlie’s parents “are in an ‘unimaginable situation’ and are trying to do what’s right for their child, but that in cases like this doctors are forced to make ‘heartbreaking decisions,’” Fox News reported.
“Every human life has dignity, including the lives of those who cannot speak up for themselves,” Wenstrup and Franks’ statement said, adding:
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.
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