British infant Charlie Gard has had a rough time since birth. The terminally ill 11-month-old is blind, deaf and unable to move. Fortunately, his parents have been granted permanent resident status in the United States in order to seek experimental treatment for their baby.
The decision to grant the family residence status was unanimously passed Tuesday. Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have been desperately searching for a country to give their son a fighting chance.
Earlier this year, British doctors diagnosed Charlie with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a rare disease which forces him to stay on life support to stay alive. According to the Dailey Wire, the young boy isn’t allowed to leave the hospital and hasn’t been given the choice to die at home.
Regardless of the ruling by the U.S. today, the British claim that the child will never be able to leave the hospital there or he will die. If the parents try to take him to the U.S., and he dies, they will be subject to arrest.
According to the New York Post, Charlie’s permanent resident status in the US would give him dual citizenship, however, he would still be subject to British law.
There has been an enormous amount of support for the terminally ill boy. Recently, Pope Francis and President Trump expressed their willingness to support the child.
Herrera Beutler, a mother who was in a similar predicament with her terminally ill child, commended the U.S. government’s decision to allow the child residency.
She told CNN: “This amendment would speed up the process, cut through the bureaucratic red tape, and ease the path for Charlie to be able to receive medical treatment in the US that his parents and medical specialists believe is worth pursuing.”
If Charlie is ever allowed to leave for the U.S., a New York city hospital told the family they would admit him into their care.
Many understand that the child may die after he is removed from the British hospital, but they argue that he should at least be able to die in the comfort of his own home.