Charlie Gard Case to Resume on Thursday
- Author: Jon Douglas Jul 11, 2017,
Jul 11, 2017, 0:09
The parents of a terminally-ill British baby boy Charlie Gard, appeared in the high court in London on Monday after Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said it would let the courts re-examine claims that he could be treated, citing "fresh evidence" after US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis drew worldwide attention to the case.
His parents want him to be sent to the United States for experimental therapy - Wenstrup and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., say they'll introduce a bill to grant the family legal permanent residence, presumably easing their path to seeking life-saving treatment in the U.S.
Last Thursday, several researchers, clinicians, and a US doctor sent a letter to the Great Ormond Street Hospital explaining that there is evidence that an experimental "deoxynucleoside therapy" could potentially help Charlie Gard.
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On Friday, it was announced that the hospital had applied to the high court for a new hearing to decide whether Charlie should be given the experimental drug, as urged by doctors in the USA and Rome.
The intervention comes as more than 350,000 people signed a petition urging the baby's doctors to allow him to receive treatment overseas, and his family said the "fight is not over". They concluded the baby was "being exposed to continued pain, suffering and distress" and undergoing experimental treatment with "no prospects of success. would offer no benefit". Baby Charlie has his US visa, and is "fit to fly". At one point, the baby's father, Chris Gard, yelled at a barrister representing the hospital: "When are you going to start telling the truth?"
Ms Yates told the judge: "He is our son". She also said that she had yet to see proof that her son had irreversible brain damage.
Britain's government won't play a role in deciding the future course of Charlie's treatment, an official said Sunday.
In an unexpected development, the hospital treating sick toddler Charlie Gard has applied for another hearing in the High Court - despite the fact that the case has already gone to the European Court on Human Rights.
Charlie's parents did not speak publicly after the hearing concluded.
Charlie has a hereditary condition known as infantile-onset mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS), and is reportedly unable to breathe without the help of a ventilator.
Mr Gard said there is no evidence Charlie has "catastrophic brain damage".
Speaking on This Morning Emma told Holly and Phil: "He (Charlie) should absolutely be given the opportunity to go to America because unless he has that opportunity to try the medication who knows?"
Charlie's case will be heard by Mr Justice Francis at 2pm, according to a High Court listing.
The judge said he would reconsider the case on Thursday.
Lidington said: "It is right that judges interpret the law, independently and dispassionately".