The US is opening its arms to a terminally ill British baby by offering him and his parents permanent residency to allow them to seek treatment in America.
The House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed an amendment Tuesday to grant 11-month-old Charlie Gard and his parents the legal status should he be allowed to move to the US.
Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition that has rendered him unable to eat or breathe without help or move his limbs. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, are desperately trying to bring him to the US for experimental treatment.
The baby can’t be removed from the UK hospital without permission from British courts, which are denying his parents’ request because doctors say he has no chance of surviving.
Congress’ offer of permanent residency would be similar to Charlie holding dual citizenship and would still make him subject to British law. A ruling is expected on Charlie’s future next week, according to the Standard.
The amendment, proposed by Rep. Jaimie Herrera Beutler of Wash., was passed as part of the committee’s 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which may be sent to the floor for a vote next month.
The child’s case garnered international sympathy when Pope Francis and President Trump expressed their support for the child. His family has received nearly $1.8 million in donations to take him across the Atlantic.
On July 7, a New York hospital offered to admit Charlie, provided that he could get here.