Charlie Gard's parents vow to fight on for ill baby

London hospital reviews ending baby's life support
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11 July, 2017

London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, now caring for the little boy, said Friday it had applied for a new hearing by England's High Court "in light of claims of new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition".

The parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, hold out hope that the treatment could improve eleven-month-old Charlie's condition but courts have been blocking the move.

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at the hospital in London, however, are determined to block the trip and ensure that Charlie's life support should be withdrawn.

"Mitochondrial diseases are cruel because they strike babies and young children, who rapidly deteriorate", Harding said.

The hospital's decision to go back into the courtroom came after two global healthcare facilities and their researchers contacted them to say they have "fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment". "We're talking about world-class hospitals, first in the field, and that is what they prefer", she said.

"I was invited by Charlie's parents Connie and Chris to come from America to pray for Charlie, and it is stunning that I was denied from doing this".

Congressmen in Washington DC propose to hand the Gards permanent residency so they can access potentially life-saving treatment, regardless of the decision of British courts in the controversial case.

"Two worldwide hospitals and their researchers have communicated to us as late as the last 24 hours that they have fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment", the hospital said in the statement.

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It led to Charlie's doctors on Friday requesting a new High Court hearing to assess whether the boy's life should be spared.

But doctors have now applied for Charlie to have a fresh hearing in the High Court over "new evidence" relating to potential treatment for his condition.

The interventions of the pope and the USA president have been the biggest help in keeping 11-month-old Charlie Gard alive, the critically ill baby's mother has said.

The mother said seven specialists from around the world have expressed support for continued treatment and told her it has an "up to 10 percent chance of working".

Rather, Monday's hearing is in the hands of judges ruling "independent and dispassionately" based on the facts of the Charlie Gard case - despite the continued emotional pleas of his parents and supporters.

Charlie's case will be heard by Mr Justice Francis at 2pm, according to a High Court listing.

Charlie has a hereditary condition known as infantile-onset mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS), and is reportedly unable to breathe without the help of a ventilator. Previously doctors had indicated Charlie had irreversible brain damage. The hospital argues that the therapies are "unjustified" and said the treatments being offered are not a cure.

"We don't see what's dignified about him dying - we think it's dignified that he has a chance at life and if it doesn't work then we'll let him go".


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