Emotion-charged Charlie Gard case to continue

Charlie Gard's parents - Chris and Connie Yates - have been given two days to submit new evidence to try and convince a High Court judge that experimental drug treatment in the United States could improve the baby's health.

"This is one of the dangers of socialized medicine", he said.

Gard's parents, who submitted a petition of over 3,50,000 signatures demanding that they be allowed to take him to the US for treatment, attended the hearing at the High Court in London. The couple raised approximately €1.2 million ($1.37 million) to take Charlie overseas to receive experimental treatment.

The hospital where Charlie has spent his whole life thus far, Greater Ormond Street Hospital, is refusing to treat him further and appealed to the courts. They say Charlie shouldn't be the subject of a "medical experiment", but rather his right to die with dignity comes first.

However, specialists at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where he is being cared for, have said the procedure would not help the tot.

"There was a divide in opinion last week when Pope Francis and U.S. president Donald Trump publicly supported the fight to save terminally ill Charlie Gard", the dad of four wrote in his new! magazine column. But the tweet was in keeping with Trump's careful tending of a base that bristles at Big Government dictates and recoils at any perceived incursion on the right to life.

Understandably, if not entirely rationally, Charlie's parents are not prepared to surrender.

Sky also had a banner with photos of two other babies at hospitals in the United Kingdom, whose parents have been told their life support must be switched off. A US doctor has also proposed treatment for Gard. "We all want a better future for our children, and that's why families worldwide are responding so strongly to Connie and Chris's fight to give Charlie a chance".

His mother, Connie Yates, told told Good Morning Britain last week, "I've heard from doctors that there's around a 10% chance of this working for Charlie so I think that's a good enough chance to take". Then I start to worry about pain, and the court's finding that "it is likely he is suffering it and at more than a low level".

But doctors familiar with his case haven't been so optimistic. The couple also sought to have the case heard by the U.K. Supreme Court in June, but the case was also dismissed.

Who will care for Charlie if he does have treatment?

"The book is not closed on Charlie Gard, and little Charlie still has a chance", said Catherine Glenn Foster, president of Americans United for Life.

  • Delores Daniels