Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old whose health battle has captivated the world, is days away from being removed from his ventilator, but his parents aren’t done fighting for him and neither is Pope Francis. Because the London hospital is unwilling to treat him or let him go to the U.S. or Italy, the Pope is reportedly considering giving Charlie Vatican citizenship a source told The Telegraph. This action would overcome the legal difficulties and allow him to be treated at a Vatican hospital.
This comes at a time when Charlie's chances of improving from experimental treatment seem better than ever before. In an interview with a British radio station, Leading Britain’s Conversation, Connie Yates revealed that new research puts Charlie's chance of meaningful improvement around 10%.
“We've got some new hope now. There has been some new scientific evidence done which gives a higher chance of working for Charlie than they previously thought."
Given this new information, she pleaded with British Prime Minister Theresa May to intervene on Charlie’s behalf. In an interview on Thursday, the PM said she was sure that Great Ormond’s Street hospital would “consider any offers of new information that has come forward for the wellbeing of a desperately ill child.”
Yates says she found this statement encouraging. “"There is new information now that this has a better chance than previously thought, so I just hope that this gives Charlie that chance… I'm pleading with you as the Prime Minister of our country to help one of your citizens and to support us like others are supporting us."
Charlie’s mom also went on Good Morning Britain on Friday to continue arguing her case. She shared that there are now five doctors—two in the UK, two in Spain, one in Italy, and one in the U.S.—who think the terminally-ill 11-month-old can be treated for a rare genetic condition.
Doctors have told Charlie’s parents that there is a 10% chance that the experimental and unproven therapy will work for her son. Connie says, "That's a good enough chance to take.”
If there is a chance for her son to live, then why is he being condemned to death? That’s Connie’s question. “I don’t understand it. Euthanasia is illegal, suicide is illegal, how is this legal? I just want two to three months, we will know if it works by then,” pleads Charlie’s mom.
In addition to the two hospitals that are willing to take Charlie and treat him free of charge, a hospital in the U.S. has offered to ship the treatment to the London Hospital and monitor his treatment remotely.
The source said, “It would be unprecedented if citizenship was granted to Charlie, but it is being investigated.”
Charlie’s supporters are clearly fighting for his life with everything they have. Please pray that the hospital doesn’t remove his ventilator before a favorable conclusion can be reached.