Emotion-charged Charlie Gard case to continue

Tabitha Dunn
July 12, 2017

Charlie's parents will be allowed to submit new evidence showing why the 11-month-old should receive experimental treatment in the States.

Both parents interrupted proceedings and aired concerns about their son's case directly to Mr Justice Francis. David Lidington says that the decision on 11-month-old Charlie Gard will be made by judges acting "independent and dispassionately" based on the facts of the complicated case.

She said that the parents believed that new evidence had suggested a 10 per cent chance of medical treatment helping Charlie, after previous evidence had rated the prospect of any treatment helping him at nearly zero.

"I did my job", he said.

Grant Armstrong, representing Charlie's parents, said there was encouraging evidence from researchers at the Vatican's children's hospital about an experimental treatment.

According to The Guardian, Judge Nicholas Francis has said that only "drastic" new evidence will push him to overturn his decision from April, which granted Great Ormond Street Hospital in London permission to end Charlie Gard's life.

Modi said: "Charlie's situation is heartbreaking for his parents, and hard for everyone involved, including the doctors and nurses looking after him".

Speaking to the BBC before Monday's hearing, Yates said the couple had endured a "living hell" over recent months, saying "it's awful that this decision has been taken out of our hands".

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She said that if the medication works Charlie could potentially be a normal boy again.

That's why the British courts ruled the way they did.

Ms Yates added that she hoped judges would listen to experts and give us a chance.

The court will hear how the family have collected some 350,000 asking for new treatment to be offered to the baby to help save his life. "This is about Charlie and giving him the chance he needs".

Dr Trevor Stammers, lecturer in bioethics and medical law at St Mary's University, told Sky News the Vatican's evidence has to prove the experimental treatment has some chance of conferring benefit.

Yates and Gard addressed supporters and the press outside the hospital Sunday alongside Rev. Patrick Mahoney, and said they would continue to fight for the life of their child.

An online campaign raising money for Charlie to be taken to the U.S. for treatment has raised more than £1.3 million (NZ$2.3 million) so far.

Charlie suffers from mitochondrial disease and has brain damage. His parents want to bring him overseas for experimental therapy, which they say offers their son a chance of improvement.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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