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Pope's hospital in Rome offers to take Charlie Gard


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Vatican City, Jul 3, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The president of the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu in Rome, also known as the "Pope's Hospital", has offered to transfer Charlie Gard to his facilities.

 

Charlie is a 10-month-old baby who suffers a terminal illness and will be disconnected from life support in the next days, against the will of his parents, but at the allowance of the European Court of Human Rights.

 

President of the hospital, Mariella Enoc, tweeted that the Holy Father’s own words in support of Charlie "sum up well the mission of Hospital Bambino Gesú".

 

"For this reason, I have asked the health director to check with the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where the neonate is recovered, if there are sanitary conditions for an eventual transfer of Charlie to our hospital. We know that the case is desperate and that, until now, there are no effective therapies," the statement said.

 

"We express our closeness to parents in prayer and, if this is their desire, we are available to welcome their child with us, for as long as he lives."

 

Charlie has been diagnosed with mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease thought to affect just 16 children in the world. The disease causes progressive muscle weakness and can cause death in the first year of life.

 

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