Published: Tue, July 11, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

High Court hears new evidence in Charlie Gard case

High Court hears new evidence in Charlie Gard case

The UK's High Court will reconvene Thursday to hear new medical evidence in the case of baby Charlie Gard, whose parents are fighting doctors to keep him on life support so they can take him to the United States for experimental treatment for a rare genetic disorder.

The parents of the terminally ill baby, Charlie Gard, have not given up on his son because of his rare condition, and now they delivered a petition so they can move him to the United States where he would receive a different treatment.

Doctors at the hospital in London, however, are determined to block the trip and ensure that Charlie's life support should be withdrawn.

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.

Mahoney said the incident "continues to show Great Ormond Street Hospital's disregard for the wishes of Charlie's parents".

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 U.S. and Rome. Successive courts ruled in favor of Charlie's British doctors, who said it would be more charitable to allow the child to die.

Still undeterred, Charlie's parents launched an online crowd-funding campaign and received tens of thousands of donations.

"Two global hospitals and their researchers have told us in the last 24 hours that they have new evidence about experimental treatment proposed by them".

Great Ormond Street Hospital applied for another court hearing because of "new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition".

GOSH said it would send the case back to court after global healthcare facilities offered "fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment" for Charlie.

Speaking to reporters, Connie said that Charlie has a 10% chance of survival if he receives treatment in the U.S. - and that that's "a chance worth taking".

Rev Patrick Mahoney, addressing supporters and media before the family statement, said he was pleased to be able to visit Charlie a day earlier.

"I will hear new evidence".

That ruling by Justice Francis, who forbade the hospital from transferring Charlie to any other facility to receive so-called "nucleoside" therapy, was upheld on appeal and then by Britain's Supreme Court. Even some pro-lifers seem to have been misled by the rhetoric of the hospital and the court system, while the core issue - the natural rights of the parents to make this decision for their child - has been lost.

Mr Gard said there is no evidence Charlie has "catastrophic brain damage". They said they had determined that the proposed treatment was unlikely to help the boy, and would only prolong his suffering.

Simply put, while the parents of Charlie Gard have found an experimental treatment that has a chance of halting his mitochondrial depletion syndrome, the brain damage Charlie has suffered is likely irreversible.

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