Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Charlie Gard's parents prepare for fresh legal battle

Charlie Gard's parents prepare for fresh legal battle

But the hospital has so far stood by its opinion that Gard's rare form of mitochondrial disease, which causes progressive muscle weakness in the heart and other key organs, was not treatable.

In a Facebook post, the son of famed preacher Billy Graham said it was "alarming" that neither the United Kingdom hospital where Charlie is on life support, nor the British government have so far allowed Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, to "make the decisions about [his] life and medical care".

His parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates seek to bring him to America to undergo an experimental medical trial, but specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital say it will not help, arguing life support should be withdrawn.

Earlier this week, the boy's parents submitted a petition of over 350,000 signatures to the hospital, demanding that they be allowed to take him to the United States for treatment.

The parents of a critically ill British baby have a few days to compile new evidence their son would benefit from experimental treatment in the United States, a judge said, adding that he would not be swayed by global interest.

Family spokesman Alasdair Seton Marsden accused the health service of holding Charlie hostage
SKY NEWSFamily spokesman Alasdair Seton Marsden accused the health service of holding Charlie hostage

The court heard the doctor believes there is a 56 per cent chance of "muscular recovery", and a 90 per cent chance that the treatment can "cross the brain blood barrier" and offer the possibility of successful treatment.

He said: "We are continuing to spend every moment working around the clock to save our dear baby Charlie".

Judge Nicholas Francis, who ruled in favour of doctors in April, says he will consider any new evidence Thursday.

However, he warned that he will only consider allowing Charlie to go to therapy in the USA on the basis of new evidence, rather than arguments that have already been dismissed by himself and the Court of Appeal.

Charlie's plight has touched people around the world and the family have received donations totalling more than £1.3 million to take him to the United States for therapy.

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