Charlie Gard has just received a U.S. citizenship by members of Congress so that he can be flown to America and receive treatment.
The move is considered controversial by some who believe Gard’s medical condition is hopeless, and that keeping him alive is only putting him through more suffering.
U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry tweeted out yesterday the following:
We just passed amendment that grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs.
— Jeff Fortenberry (@JeffFortenberry) July 18, 2017
“We just passed amendment that grant permanent resident status to #ClarieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs.”
However, legal resident status does not override the current legal mandates affecting Charlie’s healthcare outcomes.
A High Court order in Britain takes precedence over any American efforts.
Not even the hospital has ultimate decision rights, with Mr. Justice Francis afirming, “it would be entirely wrong for him to be transferred without my being involved.”
.@HouseAppropsGOP voted today to give lawful permanent residence to #CharlieGard so he can come to the US for world class medical care pic.twitter.com/FUTbfeZSr4
— Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) July 18, 2017
However, assuming the hospital changed its mind and decided the baby should receive care in America, Francis said he’d be “bound to agree.”
Francis’ agreement seems somewhat arbitrary, though, given that just last week, two medical professionals—one from America and one sent by the Pope—attempted to persuade doctors at Charlie’s hospital that there was still hope given proper treatment—yet they remained unpersuaded.
The baby boy’s parents, however, remain unfazed by the experts’ conclusions.
Connie Yates, the infant’s mother, confirmed that he would be undergoing new tests to help determine if the condition can be treated with alternative method.
“Our gorgeous baby boy is still stable,” said Connie, “We are at his bedside and feel satisfied he is not suffering or in any pain.”
“As Charlie’s loving parents, we are doing the right thing for our son in exploring all treatment options.”
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