Charlie Gard has been given fresh hope after two US Congressmen vowed to make him an American citizen in a bid to save his life. In the latest astonishing twist in the desperately ill baby’s case, representatives Brad Wenstrup and Trent Franks said they would introduce a private bill when Congress returns from recess next week.

The Republicans, who are both strongly pro-life, said they are introducing the bill to support the rights of Charlie’s parents to continue to care for him. In a joint statement, the Congressmen said: “Despite Charlie’s heartbreaking condition, his parents have refused to give up hope. They have advocated for him fiercely. They have raised over £1 million to pay for their son to receive experimental treatment in the United States. They have kept fighting for his life.”

They added that “by making Charlie a lawful permanent resident in the US” he will be able to “receive treatments that could save his life.” It comes as Charlie was given an 11th hour reprieve after Great Ormond Street Hospital applied for a new court hearing to consider “new evidence of possible treatment”. The 11-month-old had been due to have his life support machine switched off today on the same day a hospital in New York offered to ship an experimental drug to treat him.

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