The case of terminally ill British infant Charlie Gard has captured worldwide attention.
The British justice system has informed the parents that they must let their own child die, but they’re not willing to throw in the towel.
Gard’s parents have been desperately searching for some help, and they just received a huge olive branch courtesy of the US Congress.
The Daily Wire passes along the scoop on that.
In a move designed to free him from the strictures of the British justice system, eleven-month-old Charlie Gard, who suffers from a severe disorder that has caused British courts to say that his parents must let him die, has now been granted legal permanent resident status in the United States. Gard is now blind, deaf, and unable to move.
According to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Congress just passed an amendment that “grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs.”
While the efforts of Congress are admirable here, it’s not going to amount to much if the British justice system doesn’t release the shackles.
The British claim that no matter his passport, they won’t let him leave; a judge said last Friday that the family would be breaking the law if they spirited Charlie out of the country without his permission, explaining, “It would be entirely wrong for him to be transferred without my being involved.”
The hospital won’t even allow the Gard parents to remove Charlie from the hospital so he can die at home.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the move from Congress turns out to be more than just a symbolic gesture.
The British justice system is woefully behind the times on this one, and Gard’s parents have had to deal with an unfathomable amount of stress as a result.
A little wiggle room and compassion in a unique and heart wrenching situation is not too much to ask for.
Source: The Daily Wire