UK Court to Allow Charlie Gard Parents to Present New Evidence

UK Court to Allow Charlie Gard Parents to Present New Evidence

UK Court to Allow Charlie Gard Parents to Present New Evidence

A British court is giving the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard a chance to present fresh evidence that their terminally ill son should receive experimental treatment.

The application came after both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump brought worldwide attention to the case.

The deadline was announced Monday by British judge Nicholas Francis ahead of a second hearing planned for Thursday afternoon at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

"There is not a person alive who would not want to save Charlie", Francis said. "You know we've got new evidence now so I hope that the judge changes his mind", Yates told BBC radio. "I will be the first to welcome that outcome", Francis told Gard's lawyers.

Emotions ran high during the hearing with ITV News also reporting that the child's father yelled at a barrister representing Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where his son is being treated, "when are you going to start telling the truth?" "They're all getting stronger", Yates said.

Charlie's parents had previously lost several appeals to bring him to the US for experimental treatment for his mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left the boy brain damaged. As a result, he is unable to move his arms or legs or breathe unaided. His parents want him to undergo a trial therapy in America, but the doctors say it is experimental and wouldn't work.

Yates and her husband, Chris Gard, lost a legal battle to take their son to the United States for the experimental therapy at the end of last month when the European Court of Human Rights upheld the British court's decision that the trip would cause him unnecessary suffering.

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The judge asked the parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, to produce the evidence - about the effectiveness of the experimental treatment that could help their son - by Wednesday 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EDT).

However, on Friday, Great Ormond Street had said that two unidentified worldwide hospitals had "communicated to us that they have fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment".

Pope Francis has offered to help treat the child at the Baby Jesus Hospital adjoining the Vatican while President Donald Trump has also offered to help the little baby.

"It turned it into an worldwide issue, a lot of people are outraged by what's going on".

"I did my job", he said.

He said: It seems that if he remains at Great Ormond Street it seems that nearly certainly his life support will be withdrawn and clearly he is likely then to die. The document had been signed by 370,000 people.

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