British Foreign Secretary and former London Mayor Boris Johnson claims that legal reasons prevent him from allowing the release of a critically injured baby for treatment at a Vatican-operated hospital in Rome. Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome has asked British doctors if they can release 10-month-old Charlie Gard. A ruling by a British court that will allow the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London to euthanize the baby this week was sustained by the European Court of Human Rights, following an appeal by the parents. The British hospital will not allow the baby to be released to his parents, either to die at home or receive experimental care in the United States for his condition.
 
Both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump have offered aid to the endangered boy child. Charlie has received specialized treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital since October 2016 for a congenital condition. The hospital claims that the baby cannot see, hear, move, cry, or swallow and thus should be euthanized. On Thursday, Charlie’s parents said that the hospital denied their final wish to take their son home to die. They said that they feel "let down.” The boy is scheduled for euthanasia on July 7.
 
Johnson told Alfano that it is "right that decisions continued to be led by expert medical opinion, supported by the courts" in line with the baby alleged "best interests." In addition, Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament on Wednesday that is "confident" that Great Ormond Street Hospital "have and always will consider any offers or new information that has come forward with consideration of the well-being of a desperately ill child."
 
Charlie’s parents -- Connie Yates and Chris Gard -- have raised more than £1.3 million ($1.6 million) for experimental treatment. Bambino Gesu president Mariella Enoc said: "I was contacted by the mother, who is a very determined and decisive person and doesn't want to be stopped by anything." Robert Winston of Britain’s House of Lords, a professor and Labour Party member, said on ITV's Good Morning Britain that lawyers and physicians should not interfere with the parents' wishes, saying the loss of a child was "about the worst injury that any person can have." He expressed resentment at what he said were “interferences” from outside the UK.

"These interferences from the Vatican and from Donald Trump seem to me to be extremely unhelpful and very cruel, actually, because this child has been dealt with at a hospital which has huge expertise in mitochondrial disease and is being offered a break in a hospital that has never published anything on this disease, as far as I'm aware."
 
Despite raising funds for experimental care, judges at the European Court of Human Rights ruled against their appeal of a high court decision in the UK, having concluded that further treatment would "continue to cause Charlie significant harm."
 
 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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