Great Ormond Street Hospital has refused to let Charlie Gard fly to the Pope’s hospital for care because of legal judgements, according to the Italian Government. The Italian Government planned to hold crisis talks with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson today after saying GOSH had told them their “hands were tired” by legal decisions preventing the tot from moving.
The Rome intervention came after the Pope tweeted his support for the little boy, who has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle involving his parents and doctors at the central London hospital. The Vatican’s paediatric hospital stepped in after Pope Francis called for Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, to be allowed to “accompany and treat their child until the end”.
Successive legal attempts to allow his parents to take him to the US for experimental treatment have failed and Charlie’s parents, both in their 30s and from Bedfont, west London, are now spending the last days of their 11-month-old son’s life with him, after being given more time before his life-support is turned off. Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.