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Charlie Gard granted US citizenship so he can get lifesaving treatment – as his mum and dad clash wi


TERMINALLY-ILL baby Charlie Gard has been given US citizenship to allow him to fly to America to seek potentially lifesaving treatment, it has been reported.

But his parents have lost their latest fight in their legal battle.

Jeff Fortenberry, Republican U.S. Representative for Nebraska, tweeted: 'We just passed amendment that grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs.'

Tragic Charlie was due to be assessed by Dr Michio Hirano, neurologist from the Columbia University Medical Centre, at the London hospital amid his parents' fight for justice.

Baby Charlie was born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a rare and debilitating genetic illness that leaves sufferers severe mental and physical condition.

Doctors from Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is hooked up to life support machines, have said the tot will die from the illness.

But Dr Hirano, 55, believes his experimental treatment could give Charlie "11% to 56% chance of clinically meaningful improvement"

His doctors say he is blind, deaf, unable to move and badly brain-damaged and believe it is 'cruel' to let him live any longer.

According to The Mail, Charlie's British clinicians emerged from a crucial summit about his fate yesterday still convinced he should be allowed to die.

They apparently failed to be persuaded by American neuroscientist Dr Michio Hirano, who flew back to New York last night.

Dr Hirano and an expert from the Pope's hospital in Rome spent five and a half hours trying to talk round Charlie's doctors.

Last night his mother Connie Yates revealed Charlie was set to undergo more tests.

They could decide if he is fit to undergo experimental treatment on his brain condition.

She added: 'Our gorgeous baby boy is still stable. We are at his bedside and feel satisfied he is not suffering or in any pain.

'As Charlie's loving parents, we are doing the right thing for our son in exploring all treatment options.'