Two U.S. congressmen are calling for terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard to be granted U.S. residency so he can receive medical treatment in the United States.
Republican congressmen Brad Wenstrup and Trent Franks will introduce a bill to the House of Representatives on Monday calling for permanent residency to be granted to the 11-month-old baby and his parents, NBC News reports.
The bill is the latest in efforts to secure treatment for Charlie, who has a rare genetic mitochondrial condition called MDDS. Previously, England’s High Court ruled that Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, could turn off the terminally ill baby’s life support. Charlie is unable to move or breathe without a ventilator.
Last week New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center offered to admit and provide Charlie with experimental treatment. The hospital also offered to send the treatment to Great Ormond Street Hospital so Charlie could be treated there, if approved.
On Friday, Great Ormond Street Hospital announced that the hospital had applied for a new hearing with England’s High Court in response to the treatment offer of both the New York hospital and the Pope to treat the child in a Vatican hospital.
“Two international hospitals and their researchers have communicated to us as late as the last 24 hours that they have fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment,” the hospital’s statement read. “And we believe, in common with Charlie’s parents, it is right to explore this evidence.”
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