Vatican may give baby Charlie Gard passport to save his life: report
July 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Vatican is "doing whatever we can" to help Charlie Gard, its Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said. Rumors are circulating that the 11-month-old fighting for his life may be issued a Vatican passport so he can be more easily transferred to a Rome hospital.
The Sun reported that a Vatican passport might help Charlie be able to leave England, where European courts have ruled his hospital, not his parents, can make the decision about when to remove his life support.
A source "highly placed in the independent sovereign state" told The Sun: "It would be unprecedented if citizenship was granted to Charlie, but it is being investigated. 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."
Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have a critical meeting today at 5:00 p.m. London time (12:00 noon EST) with the hospital trying to take their baby off life support.
The legal battle has captured the world's attention. Pope Francis and President Trump have both expressed their support for Charlie's parents.
Pro-lifers have protested the fate courts handed Charlie at Buckingham Palace, outside the British embassy in Washington, D.C., and outside UK Prime Minister Theresa May's house.
May won't intervene to help Charlie, and it's rumored that Trump may confront her over this at the G20 summit.
Since Friday, June 30, Great Ormond Street Hospital has had the legal right to remove Charlie's life support at any time. He has a rare mitochondrial disease. His parents have raised over $1 million from private donations to bring him to the U.S. for experimental treatment, which has helped other children.