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UPDATE: Some U.S. Lawmakers Want Charlie Gard Granted Permanent Residence Here

Seriously ill baby kept on life support at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London

BY LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF

In an unexpected turn, a terminally ill baby confined to a London hospital could been granted permanent residence in the U.S. so he can travel to here to undergo experimental treatments

Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, hope such treatments will prolong his life.

Eleven-month-old Charlie cannot move, see, hear or breathe on his own. He also suffers severe seizures and has irreversible brain damage.

Still, his parents have raised some $2 million to help shoulder the costs of transportation to the U.S. and treatments at an American medical center.

However, Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie has been receiving care since last fall, strongly opposes his release because hospital staff ruled withdrawing life support is the only ethical and humane option. The hospital has not released Charlie to his parents amid the high-profile legal battle.

Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican, posted on Twitter that an amendment passed “that grants permanent resident status to Charlie Gard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs.”

The amendment to grant the family residency here passed unanimously in the House Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday. However, it still needs to pass the full House and the Senate to become law.

It’s not clear is Congress will compel Great Ormond Street Hospital to Charlie.

Should baby Charlie be released to his parents so they can explore experimental treatments?

 
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