Cruz urges UK to allow British toddler's parents to transfer him for treatment

Cruz urges UK to allow British toddler's parents to transfer him for treatment
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz calls out O'Rourke for supporting NFL players' protests during anthem Beto O’Rourke: Term limits can help keep politicians from turning into a--holes Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE (R-Texas) on Wednesday called on the United Kingdom to allow the parents of a toddler diagnosed with a serious illness to take their child out of the country for medical care. 

Alfie Evans, who is 23 months old, has been in the hospital for months fighting a serious illness that required he be put on a ventilator.

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The child was taken off a ventilator on Monday after medical experts said his condition was untreatable, CNN reported. But Alfie has continued to breathe on his own, prompting his parents to seek a court order allowing the family to seek experimental treatment. 

Cruz urged the British government to “grant the Evans family’s request to treat their precious child in Italy.”

“It is a sad irony that while the people of the UK are busy celebrating a royal birth, its government is brushing off a commoner’s right to life,” Cruz tweeted, referring to the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child earlier this week.

The Texas senator used the role of the national National Health Service, Britain’s government-run public health service, to attack socialized medicine.