Charlie Gard's parents 'looking forward' to court return


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 presiding judge said that he would examine the new evidence in full on Thursday and may be able to give a ruling by then.

"International attention has been focused on this fearless couple, Connie and Chris, fighting for the life of their son, and I will remain in London calling for the rights of parents to make decisions for their children's care, and for hospital officials to open their doors and let Charlie's parents seek groundbreaking new treatment for their son", Foster said in a statement.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital continue to think that extending the treatment would be "unjustified", given the suffering endured by the child, as they said on Friday in a statement.

Grant Armstrong, representing Charlie's parents, said there was encouraging evidence from researchers at the Vatican's children's hospital about an experimental treatment.

The hospital said on Friday 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 global attention to the case.

Last week, a Vatican hospital also offered to treat Charlie, who is having a mitochondrial depletion syndrome - a disease that has rendered him unable to eat, breathe or move his limbs on his own.

Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have received wide public support, while right-to-life groups have intervened in their cause.

When asked what they will do if the court rules in their favor Yates said they would "get on an air-ambulance and go to the hospital that want to try and save his life".

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Charlie's father Chris yelled across the court room at a barrister, demanding: When are you going to start telling the truth?

"Unfortunately, situations such as this, that involve withdrawing life-sustaining treatment are not uncommon and fall within the responsibilities of many paediatricians".

A spokesman for the Met Police said they were called just after 3pm on Monday to reports of a collision outside the Royal Courts of Justice.

"He is our son". We believe that we should have the right, as parents, to decide to give him a chance in life, "Connie Yates told reporters".

"If he's still fighting, we're still fighting", she said. This has triggered a debate over who knows best for a baby's health.

"I did my job", Francis said. He rejected an attempt by the child's parents to have another judge hear the new evidence.

"It is our son, our flesh and our blood".

"As a mother, I could not stand by as Charlie's parents so bravely fought to seek life-saving care for their son", Foster continued. "No matter how diverse and pluralistic we are as a culture, there is one thing that unites us all: the family", she added, noting that families worldwide are supporting Gard's parents.