Friday, July 7, 2017

Vatican City: Pope considers 'giving Charlie Gard a Vatican passport' to overcome rulings preventing treatment in Italy


“It would be unprecedented if citizenship was granted to Charlie, but it is being investigated," a Vatican source told the newspaper."

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: The Telegraph
By Staff Report | July 7, 2017

The Pope is reportedly considering giving terminally ill Charlie Gard a Vatican passport so he can be treated at its hospital.

Giving the 11-month-old Vatican citizenship may "overcome" court rulings preventing further treatment, sources told the Sun.

Charlie has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle involving his parents, who want to take him to the US for experimental therapy, and doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

The struggle has made headlines around the world as US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis made offers of help to the family of the 11-month-old.

“It would be unprecedented if citizenship was granted to Charlie, but it is being investigated," a Vatican source told the newspaper.

“Legal parameters are preventing him from being moved and treated overseas. If that can be overcome, then so be it.

“It is well known the Pope has taken a personal interest in Charlie. He has commented on the case publicly twice.”

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, added: “We are doing whatever we can.”

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