Charlie's Army's Town Hall protest to support parents of baby Charlie Gard

by Noah Mcgee July 13, 2017, 0:17
Charlie's Army's Town Hall protest to support parents of baby Charlie Gard

The case of Charlie Gard, the critically ill baby in the United Kingdom, raises its own critical ethical questions. "He could be my child, or your child, or any one of us", said Foster. The hospital, not Charlie's parents, must be allowed to decide when to remove his life support, the courts have ruled so far.

They initially asked for £1.2 million but the fund has now topped £1.3 million.

"His parents have been battling for the hospital to release him so they can take him to America for experimental treatment", he continued.

Trent FranksTrent FranksHouse Republicans to offer bill to help parents of critically ill British child Lawmakers consider new security funding in wake of shooting GOP senators pleased with Ivanka Trump meeting on family leave, child tax credits MORE (R-Ariz.) and Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) said they are proposing legislation to grant Gard's parents lawful permanent USA status so they can "pursue their best hope for Charlie". Physicians treating Charlie said they explored various treatment options, but claim none of the treatments would improve his quality of life.

Understandably, if not entirely rationally, Charlie's parents are not prepared to surrender.

A British court on Monday began re-examining the case of a terminally ill baby whose life support is due to be withdrawn at a London hospital, after Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump intervened in the case. Arturo Estopiñan, who lives with his parents in Baltimore, Md., was diagnosed at just over a year old and has lived to the age of six, also thanks to the treatment now denied to Gard.

They are proposing giving Charlie a three-month trial to see if he responds.

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The couple said they "look forward" to the new evidence being presented.

The courts had ruled that keeping the baby on life support would only prolong his suffering as there was no hope of his recovering from the disease, which causes progressive muscle weakness, including in key organs such as the heart.

So I find myself ready to argue that these outsiders, the doctors and lawyers, should butt out.

But doctors familiar with his case haven't been so optimistic.

Charlie's case will be heard by Mr Justice Francis at 2pm, according to a High Court listing. As it is being reviewed by the British Supreme Court, Chris and Coney raised money so they can travel to the United States for an experimental treatment.

Who will care for Charlie if he does have treatment?

In London, Americans United for Life (AUL) president & CEO Catherine Glenn Foster says Charlie Gard "still has a fighting chance".

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