British doctors must treat Charlie Gard, Boris Johnson tells Italy

British doctors must treat Charlie Gard, Boris Johnson tells Italy

Since then, the Pope has said Mr Gard and Miss Yates should be allowed to "accompany and treat their child until the end".

"Love for children often leads parents to go beyond what is normally possible when it comes to their child's well-being; just as in the case of Chris Gard and Connie Yates who managed to raise £1.4 million to finance in our understanding ethically viable innovative medical procedures that could bring them and others hope", they continued.

Charlie's parents have been spending his last days with him at the hospital before he is taken off life support, according to BBC.

Prayers and support for Charlie have been flooding in from across the world, including from Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump.

United States president Donald Trump has also offered to help the family.

Trump did not elaborate on what kind of help could be offered.

A USA doctor and a Catholic hospital in Italy both offered to care for Charlie if he can be transferred.

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, which has been treating the baby, issued a statement on Friday following the European court's decision which did not specify when life support would be removed. The controversy around Gard has engulfed the Vatican, which infuriated some on the right by not immediately siding entirely with the parents, who want to seek experimental medication in the USA or bring their child home to die.

Charlie Gard GOSH
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His parents want to move heaven and earth to save their child, who doctors say has brain damage after being diagnosed with infantile-onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

British courts, later backed by the European Court of Human Rights, have blocked that move, saying that the new treatment won't help and would cause further suffering.

With global interest growing in the case, the British government said Wednesday that it backed the doctors against the potential Italy move, meaning that the boy will likely be disconnected from life support.

The news comes after a United Kingdom court ruled the infant's life support machine should be turned off.

"We're not allowed to choose if our son lives and we're not allowed to choose when or where Charlie dies".

His parents have gone through a lengthy legal battle for their son to undergo a therapy trial in the USA, despite doctors saying the treatment would not help.

"We feel close to him, to his mother, his father, and all those who have cared for him and struggled together with him until now", he said in a written statement, dated June 28 and posted online by Vatican Radio June 29. "That's one more sad note", Enoc said.

A Vatican statement Sunday shifted the Holy See's position from earlier in the week, when the Vatican's bioethics advisory panel had noted the need to do whatever helps a patient but also to sometimes accept the limits of medicine.

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