Charlie Gard case heads to UK court in light of new evidence

Charlie Gard case heads to UK court in light of new evidence

Charlie Gard case heads to UK court in light of new evidence

The parents of terminally ill 11-month-old Charlie Gard said on Sunday their son "deserves a chance" to be taken to the US for an experimental treatment that could improve his condition.

Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, from Bedfont in west London, want Charlie to have an experimental treatment called nucleoside therapy.

The mother, Connie Yates, told the Press Association that doctors at Great Ormond Street wanted to turn off Charlie's life-support on Monday but decided not to after the White House intervened.

It was the Vatican Children's hospital that appealed to the British high court to re-consider their decision, siting new information the treatment could work.

"We believe, in common with Charlie's parents, it is right to explore this evidence", they said.

The ongoing case has seen Charlie's parents torn and heartbroken, after being refused help after time and time again. Mr Gard yelled at a barrister representing Great Ormond Street bosses, saying: "When are you going to start telling the truth?"

On Friday, U.S. Reps Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) announced plans to introduce legislation as soon as Congress resumes after its July 4 recess this week that would grant Charlie and his parents lawful permanent residence in the U.S.

However, the hospital chose to go back to court on Monday after researchers at two global healthcare facilities said they have "fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment".

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Under a High Court ruling, GOSH is forbidden from allowing Charlie to be transferred for nucleoside therapy anywhere.

"Great Ormond Street Hospital is giving the High Court the opportunity to objectively assess the claims of fresh evidence.It will be for the High Court to make its judgment on the facts", they said.

The case of the 11-month old boy, or the "Charlie Gard treatment controversy", has moved the heart of millions around the world, even Pope Francis has offered help for Charlie.

THE parents of a five-year-old boy who suffers from a similar condition to Charlie Gard have today pleaded with medics to give the tot the same chance as their son. "If there is new evidence I will hear it", he said.

Connie Yates and Chris Grad have until 2pm on Wednesday to produce evidence from global medics that may help their baby receive experimental treatment overseas.

Prof Modi said decisions on withdrawing life support are not made lightly and don't often reach the courts.

Charlie's doctors say his brain is extensively damaged at a cellular level. The hospital argues that the therapies are "unjustified" and said the treatments being offered are not a cure. "They have advocated for him fiercely", Brad Wenstrup, Representative for OH, and Trent Franks, Representative for Arizona, said in a statement last week.

When asked what they will do if the court rules in their favor Yates said they would "get on an air-ambulance and go to the hospital that want to try and save his life".

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