Pope re­verses Vat­i­can stand on Bri­tish sick baby case

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — Pope Fran­cis is call­ing for the par­ents of a ter­mi­nally ill Bri­tish baby to be al­lowed to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to treat their child. A Vat­i­can state­ment Sun­day shifted the Holy See’s po­si­tion from ear­lier in the week, when the Vat­i­can’s bioethics ad­vi­sory panel had noted the need to do what­ever helps a pa­tient but also to some­times ac­cept the lim­its of medicine. Char­lie Gard suf­fers from a rare ge­netic con­di­tion and is un­able to breathe un­aided. Last week, his par­ents lost a le­gal bat­tle to take him to the U.S. for trial ther­apy.

The Vat­i­can said Fran­cis was fol­low­ing Char­lie’s case “with af­fec­tion and sad­ness’’ and was close to his par­ents: “For this he prays that their wish to ac­com­pany and treat their child un­til the end isn’t ne­glected.’’

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