Britain’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson told his Italian partner on Wednesday that legitimate reasons kept the exchange to Rome of a fundamentally sick British child due to be taken off life bolster.
“Clergyman Boris Johnson offered thanks and thankfulness for the Italian offer yet clarified that lawful reasons keep Britain from tolerating it,” an announcement from the Italian remote service read.
Rome’s Bambino Gesu healing facility, a Vatican-run youngsters’ clinic, offered to treat 10 month-old Charlie Gard after Pope Francis said on Sunday that his folks ought to be permitted to “watch over their tyke until the end”.
Yet, Britain’s outside service said Johnson had disclosed to Angelino Alfano, Italy’s remote priest, that “it was correct that choices kept on being driven by master restorative sentiment, bolstered by the courts, in accordance with Charlie’s best advantages”.
The parents of Charlie Gard, who suffers from brain damage, have been fighting to take him to the United States for an experimental treatment for his extremely rare form of mitochondrial disease, but lost their case in British courts and the European Court of Human Rights.
The courts had ruled that keeping the baby on life support would only prolong his suffering as there was no hope of his recovering from the disease, which causes progressive muscle weakness, including in key organs such as the heart.
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, which has been treating the baby, issued a statement on Friday following the European court’s decision which did not specify when life support would be removed.
The baby’s plight has also attracted the attention of US President Donald Trump, who on Monday tweeted that the US “would be delighted” to help.
Prime Minister Theresa May also waded into the debate on Wednesday after being questioned by a fellow MP in parliament.
“I am confident that Great Ormond Street Hospital have and always will consider any offers or new information that has come forward with consideration of the wellbeing of a desperately ill child,” she said.