Over the weekend, people all over the world continued to offer their support and help to Charlie Gard’s parents.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, flew from the United States to support the family and to pray at Charlie’s bedside. However, initially the hospital refused to allow him to enter the 11-month-old’s hospital room, reports LifeSiteNews. They say Connie Yates was "heartbroken" when Mahoney was blocked from being allowed to pray with Charlie.
"Thankfully," after a "long process," the hospital "did recant and allow me to go pray for him," Mahoney told LifeSiteNews.
Mahoney also describes praying with Charlie as a “touching, beautiful moment.” However, he continues to be disturbed by the initial refusal, telling LifeSite that never before in 40 years of pastoral ministry had a hospital refused to let him pray with a patient.
Rev. Mahoney plans to stay with the family while they take their case in front of the court in London for a final time. Last week, the hospital where Charlie has been treated—but now refuses to allow him to receive experimental treatment that could save his life—asked for another hearing in light of new evidence. Mahoney tweeted on Monday that the preliminary hearing had gone well, and the judge had asked for a full hearing on Thursday.
The Daily Mail reported that if the parents are able to produce convincing new evidence, then the judge, who earlier decided that Charlie should not receive treatment, would be willing to change his decision. “Charlie's legal team say seven experts from the US and Europe now believe their son is not irreversibly brain damaged and claim new evidence proves he could benefit from experimental drug treatment,” says the Daily Mail.
However, two U.S. Congressmen aren’t going to rely on the court deciding favorably.In a statement released on Friday, Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and Trent Franks, R-Ariz announced a bill which would make Charlie and his family American citizens reports the Daily Signal.
“Our bill will support Charlie’s parents’ right to choose what is best for their son, by making Charlie a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. in order for him to receive treatments that could save his life,” they said.
They also reaffirmed that this is a pro-life, saying “Every human life has dignity, including the lives of those who cannot speak up for themselves.” Likewise, they reiterated their support of parental rights.
“When government is able to overrule a parent or guardian in determining a patient’s best interest, every vulnerable patient is put at risk. We offer Connie Yates and Chris Gard our heartfelt support as they seek to care for their son,” declared the Republicans.
There is no news on whether the bill has moved forward, but it gives additional hope for the child and his parents. And as Charlie’s mom says, "Until you're in this situation, you don't understand the power of hope.”