US Congress Grants Baby Charlie Permanent Resident Status
00:29, Jul 20, 2017
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Charlie Gard has reportedly been granted permanent resident status in the USA thanks to an amendment passed by Congress.
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., tweeted July 19 that "We just passed amendment that grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs".
Gard and his family have been at the center of an worldwide debate over whether governments can make life and death decisions for individuals.
The legal battle over Charlie's right to live has sparked huge controversy all over the globe.with protesters in London demanding the British courts allow Charlie's parents to decide their baby's fate, not the government's health care system.
Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby whose parents have been fighting to keep him on life support, will be headed to the USA for experimental treatment.
"Once these types of decisions are enshrined into its precedent - the notion, as we are seeing in Charlie's case, that parents are not fit to determine how best to care for their son - people realize that the same thing could happen to them, and that it has literally been stated that it's in Charlie's best interest to die".
His mum Connie Yates says he responds to them, watches videos and enjoys tickles.
Court proceedings have been running for months after GOSH applied to withdraw treatment and allow Charlie to "die with dignity".
British doctors have urged Charlie be taken off life support.
This comes ahead of further court hearings expected at the end of this week, and a ruling on Charlie's future care next week. He is a specialist in treating Charlie's rare mutation of mitochondrial depletion syndrome.
A USA doctor and neurology professor at Columbia University, Michio Hirano, has offered to treat Charlie.
Charlie's mother, Connie Yates, is also attending, alongside an independent chairman.
Earlier this week, Dr. Hirano flew to London to discuss his experimental treatment with Charlie's doctors. We are at his bedside and feel satisfied he is not suffering or in any pain.
Dr Hirano, from the Columbia University Medical Center, offered to try the experimental therapy, which has never been tested on any human or animal, after telling the High Court there was a "small but significant" chance of improvement.
Charlie's parents said they were "so grateful to Dr Hirano and the other clinicians for coming to see Charlie".
"For the objective of this visit, this gives them the same status as our own clinicians and allows them both to examine the patient and to have full access to our records and facilities", a statement said.
The U.S. Congressional move may or may not help Charlie because British courts - not Charlie's parents - are deciding where he may and may not be taken.
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