LONDON, England, July 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The mother of the 11-month-old baby whose bioethics and parental rights case is being watched around the world said in a new interview that her son is “not in pain and suffering” and she wouldn't be seeking to treat him in the U.S. if this was the case.
“He's not in pain and suffering, and I promise everyone I would not sit there and watch my son in pain and suffering,” Connie Yates, the mother of Charlie Gard, told Good Morning Britain Friday. “I couldn't do it.”
“We are not bad parents,” she said. “We are there for him all the time” and “are completely devoted to him.”
Connie and her husband, Chris Gard, have been battling European courts for the right to transfer their son out of Great Ormon Street Hospital and to the United States for experimental treatment for his rare mitochondrial disease. They raised over $1 million from private donations to do this. Nevertheless, the hospital has argued in court that Charlie should be taken off life support instead.
Charlie's parents aren't even allowed to bring him home from the hospital.
It has been one week since the European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of the hospital, giving it the legal right to remove Charlie's life support at any time. His parents are currently in a meeting with hospital officials that began at 5:00 p.m. London time.
Pope Francis and President Trump have both publicly supported Charlie's cause. A Vatican hospital offered to take Charlie, but Great Ormond Street Hospital said no.
There are rumors that the Vatican may issue Charlie a Vatican passport so that he can leave England more easily.