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WaPo: NY Hospital Offers Treatment for UK's Charlie Gard

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 09:08 PM

A prominent New York hospital is reportedly offering to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard amid an agonizing controversy that has drawn sympathy and support from Pope Francis and President Donald Trump.

In an email to The Washington Post, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center said they would admit and evaluate Charlie "provided that arrangements are made to safely transfer him to our facility, legal hurdles are cleared, and we receive emergency approval from the FDA for an experimental treatment as appropriate."

According to the Post, the hospital said the experimental drug could also, as an option – and if the FDA approves – be shipped to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, where 11-month-old Charlie is being treated, along with instructions on administering it.

The baby's desperate plight came to the attention of the entire world when his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, went to court to be able to try an experimental treatment in the United States to save their son.

The European Court of Human Rights declined to hear the matter last week, upholding previous court rulings that the therapy would not help – and it was in Charlie's best interest to prevent further suffering by withdrawing life support, the Post reported.

Great Ormond already declined a request by the Vatican's children's hospital to move him to their facilities; the Post reported it was turned down for legal reasons.

Mariella Enoc, president of the Vatican's Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, told the Post specialists at the hospital in Rome are in contact with international experts, including in the United States, "to develop a protocol for experimental treatment for Charlie."

But it was after a gut-wrenching video statement from Charlie's mom and dad saying they wanted to take their baby boy home to die that gave Charlie a little more time with them; the hospital decided to postpone a planned termination.

Both Francis and Trump took to Twitter to plead the baby's case.

"They are traditional men who believe in the family," Charlie's mom told the Daily Mail. "They believe in our case and understand why we believe it is right to continue fighting so hard to save Charlie."

Charlie was born in August with a rare genetic condition called infantile-onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, or MDDS. At just two months, he was transported to Great Ormond, where he has remained since.

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A prominent New York hospital is reportedly offering to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard amid an agonizing controversy that has drawn sympathy and support from Pope Francis and President Donald Trump.
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