A New York hospital has offered to help Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old baby from the U.K. suffering from a terminal illness.
New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center said it would admit the infant and evaluate him as long as “legal hurdles” could be cleared, CBS reports.
“New-York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center have agreed to 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” the hospital said in a statement Thursday.
New York Presbyterian also said, as another option, it would ship the experimental drug to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is currently receiving care, if the FDA approves. The hospital said it would advise medical staff at Great Ormond on administering the treatment to the baby “if they are willing to do so.”
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President Trump previously commented on Charlie’s condition, tweeting that the U.S. would be “delighted” to help the infant.
Charlie, born last August, has been hospitalized since October for mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes him to have seizures and rely on a respirator to breathe. The New York Times reported the infant is also blind, deaf and can’t move on his own.
Charlie’s parents, Chris and Connie, have been trying to raise enough money to bring their son to the U.S. for an experimental treatment.
“We have been with Charlie day in, day out & watched our poor baby get weaker and weaker, he now needs a ventilator to breathe but we have never lost hope throughout all this time,” the parents wrote on a GoFundMe page. “After endlessly researching and speaking to Dr’s all over the world we found hope in a medication that may help him and a Dr. in America has accepted him in his hospital.”
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“We strongly feel as his parents that Charlie should get a chance to try these medications. He literally has nothing to lose but potentially a healthier, happier life to gain,” they wrote.
British courts and the European Court of Human Rights have blocked Charlie being transferred to another facility saying the experimental treatment won’t save his life and would only cause more suffering.
Great Ormond had initially planned to disconnect Charlie’s life support, and ultimately let him die, last Friday. The hospital said it’s now working with Chris and Connie to give them more time with their son.
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