Charlie Gard granted USA citizenship to fly for treatment

Charlie Gard granted USA citizenship to fly for treatment

Charlie Gard granted USA citizenship to fly for treatment

An 11-month-old British baby has been granted permanent resident status in the United States so that he can receive medical treatment - but that doesn't mean he'll be going.

Gard and his family have been at the center of an worldwide debate over whether governments can make life and death decisions for individuals.

A US Congressional committee has voted in favor of giving the terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard and his parents permanent residency so the child can undergo an experimental treatment in the country.

The London legal battle over whether little baby Charlie Gard will get a second chance to live took a major turn on Friday. They seem intent on seeing this infant dead as soon as possible, whether because they fear the precedent it'll set if the law forces them in this case to support a seemingly hopeless patient indefinitely or because they're "experts" and the expert consensus must not be challenged by blind hope - even if that hope is itself backed by some medical opinion.

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Ultimately, the High Court of Justice has ruled that the hospital's wishes supersede Charlie's parents' because the court believes that the hospital has the child's "best interests" at heart.

Charlie's parents also released a photo this week that shows him appearing to look at a toy; the hospital says the boy is blind and can not move. A ruling is expected on Charlie's future next week, according to the Standard.

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Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University will talk with doctors from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the child's mother, Connie Yates, on Monday and Tuesday.

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"Where there's life, there's hope", the priest said, "and we will continue praying for Charlie and his parents". Following two days of meetings this week, specialists at the world famous London children's hospital are understood to remain convinced that Charlie should be allowed to die. The attorney for the parents, Grant Armstrong, says "the evidence "renders unsafe" the court's previous finding of futility with respect to Charlie's improvement chances". "They believe that only they can and should speak for Charlie and they have said many times that they feel they have been stripped of their rights as parents".

Dr Hirano was also given an opportunity to examine Charlie.

Doctors say his condition is incurable and his life support machine should be switched off but there's debate in the medical, legal and political worlds about how 11-month-old Charlie should be treated.

"When asked what happens to the role of the Guardian if their belief that only they have the right to decide on Charlie's treatment is correct, Charlie's parents answer that he does not need a Guardian because they will speak for him", GOSH complained.

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Tensions also arose between GOSH doctors and Gard's parents over the size of the baby's head - an increase in brain size (which hospital measurements dispute but Yates insists her own measurements support) could indicate brain development.

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