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Congress Gives Charlie Gard Permanent US Residence

Congress Gives Charlie Gard Permanent US Residence

A U.S. congressman has offered Charlie Gard permanent resident status in America.

Nebraska representative Jeff Fortenberry said an amendment has been passed "that grants permanent resident status to Charlie Gard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs".

Gard and his family have been at the center of an global debate over whether governments can make life and death decisions for individuals.

However, the decision over whether or not to allow him to leave the United Kingdom has yet to be made by British courts.

Mr Justice Francis, the High Court judge who has been hearing appeals by Chariie's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard for him to be offered an experimental therapy by a U.S. doctor, has to be informed of any plans to move him from GOSH.

Charlie Gard's parents have released a new picture of their little boy where he appears to be looking at a toy to prove to doctors he is not blind.

They consider it unlikely that Charlie would be allowed to leave the country even if this amendment were approved by both branches of Congress.

The doctor says the therapy he is developing could improve Charlie's health.

The hospital maintains that Charlie's case is hopeless because he does not have a chance of any "quality of life", according to the Birmingham Mail.

Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome refers to a group of disorders that cause affected tissues to suffer from a significant drop in mitochondrial DNA.

USA neurologist Dr Michio Hirano flew back to NY last night after discussing the possible use of nucleoside therapy to treat Charlie with GOSH medics.

However, now that a Columbia University neurologist will examine him, Charlie may get a second chance.after all. Hirano has said even if the treatment worked it would not reverse the brain damage Charlie has already sustained.

Then, last week, the UK High Court began yet another hearing at the request of the hospital to consider "new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition".

Ms Yates said last night that Charlie was set to undergo more tests.

She said: 'Our gorgeous baby boy is still stable. Hirano presented his expert opinion to the U.K. High Court July 13.

Charlie's parents said they were "so grateful to Dr Hirano and the other clinicians for coming to see Charlie".

It is the first time for visiting clinicians to contribute with the benefit of having examined Charlie and viewed the 11-month-old's medical records and most recent scans. His parents have been fighting a legal battle to send him to the USA for experimental therapy. But Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, has sought to switch off the baby's life support and has refused to let the parents transfer the baby to another hospital.

While this all seems like a big solution to an nearly global issue at this point, much of the decision is still in the air, as is Charlie's life.

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