Lawmakers approved an amendment to eventually make ailing 11-month-old Charlie Gard and his family permanent residents in the U.S. — and a congressman was bashed for heralding the news.
“We just passed amendment that grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs,” Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) wrote on social media Tuesday night.
Charlie, who is currently in a London hospital, cannot breathe without the help of a respirator.
British doctors have told his parents further treatment will only cause more suffering, and Charlie is scheduled to be taken off life support.
A Columbia University doctor this week assessed Charlie in London, and believes new therapy could help the suffering child.
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) tacked an amendment on to Department of Homeland Security’s budget, which passed the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday night.
The Gard family would thus become permanent residents if the spending bill is fully approved.
While the amendment was cheered, it doesn’t mean the infant can necessarily travel to the U.S. — the bill still would need a vote from the Senate and House.
In addition, moving Charlie stateside for experimental treatment could be difficult.
UK courts have sided with the hospital’s decision to take Charlie off life support, and would likely block releasing him to travel to the U.S.
Some people took issue with the announcement by Fortenberry, one of 217 Republicans who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“Great! What is your plan to make sure that all Nebraskans get the medical treatment they need?” fired back @rainbowzinnias.
“#hypocrite. You voted to strip millions of American children of healthcare and denied them basic medical treatment,” wrote @smacb1.
ht/ c. steven tucker