wilmotters will recall that the world-renowned Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù in Rome offered their services
“Minister Boris Johnson expressed gratitude and appreciation for the Italian offer but explained that legal reasons prevent Britain from accepting it,” a statement from the Italian foreign ministry read.
"legal reasons" ... could the man be any more vague. At best, he's being disingenuous, and if I ever had any respect for Johnson I've lost that respect now
it's my understanding that the british hospital has seized possession of little charlie gard by completing a government form ("Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards", where the use of the term "Safeguards" is orwellian: this was not a case of putting limitations on an existing process, this was the introduction of a process that allows hospitals to seize control of people without even needing a judge to sign off on it, so rather than introducing safeguards they removed the existing safeguards. Essentially it allows a hospital to put in place a court order without the hassle of having to convince a court and a judge)
That same british hospital could complete a second form to suspend the order which would probably take all of 5 minutes.
They could also amend the order to transfer charlie's care to the Bambino Gesu hospital, and that's probably the issue: once charlie is out of the UK, their orders have no effect and there would be nothing stopping charlie's parents from taking charlie to the medical facility in florida that has offered to treat him