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Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù hospital offers to take baby Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard, who was born in England with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, is pictured in this undated family photo (CNS photo/family handout, courtesy Featureworld)

The Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù hospital has offered to take Charlie Gard, the severely ill 10-month-old baby whose parents are fighting to keep him on life support.

Mariella Enoc, president of the hospital, said they were reaching out to Great Ormond Street Hospital in Britain, offering to take care of baby Charlie.

Great Ormond Street is scheduled to turn off Charlie’s life support against his parents’ wishes after courts ruled doctors, not the parents, had the right to decide. His parents are also barred from taking him home for the last hours of his life.

Enoc said: “We know that it is a desperate case and that there are no effective therapies. We are close to the parents in prayer and, if this is their desire, willing to take their child, for the time he has left to live.”

US president Donald Trump has also offered to help the family.

A White House statement said: “Upon learning of baby Charlie Gard’s situation, President Trump has offered to help the family in this heartbreaking situation.”

“Members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government,” the statement added. “The President is just trying to be helpful if at all possible.”