- Aug 3, 2020
It took three surgeries and hundreds of man-hours but Ervina and Prefina, two-year-old conjoined twins from the Central African Republic, were successfully separated in the pope’s pediatric hospital in Rome, the institution announced Tuesday.
On its 150th anniversary, the pope’s hospital in Rome makes a commitment to treating all children, especially those with rare or incurable diseases.
Rome’s papally sponsored pediatric hospital tries to follow Pope Francis’s lead and reach out, including trying to welcome children with rare disorders such as Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans.
The European Court of Human Rights on Monday rejected a case from British parents who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a U.K. hospital to remove him from life support.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, says only an alliance between the parents, other members of the family, and health care workers can determine the best way to help Alfie Evans.
The parents of Alfie Evans are making an appeal to Britain’s Supreme Court in order to try and keep their son on life support.