United Kingdom hospital seeks court hearing on new Charlie Gard evidence

Posted July 08, 2017

His parents want to take him for experimental therapy in the United States but lost a lengthy legal battle after judges ruled in favour of doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where Charlie is being treated.

British tabloid The Sun has reported that Pope Francis wants to give Charlie a Vatican passport so the court ruling can be overcome. In the meantime, Charlie will be kept on life support.

The mother of a terminally ill baby in London says that recent global support has revived her hopes for her son's future and that he is not suffering. Connie Yates described trying to save her son and called the situation an "absolute living hell". She told a British television show: "I promise everyone I would not sit there and watch my son in pain and suffering".

An American hospital has offered to bring an experimental drug to the United Kingdom to treat terminally-ill Charlie Gard.

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An online campaign to send Charlie to the USA for treatment has raised more than £1.3m. We believe it is right to seek the High Court's view in light of the claimed new evidence. We need to find treatments for incurable diseases. How is this legal? He deserves a chance, and he deserves a life as much as anyone else.

Since then, Trump has offered support and Pope Francis said he was praying that Gard's parents' "wish to accompany and treat their child until the end isn't neglected". We must protect Charlie, the most vulnerable person among us. That is, until President Donald Trump tweeted about Charlie Monday morning - pushing the story into a national spotlight.

"I'm confident that Great Ormond Street Hospital have and always will consider any offers or new information that has come forward with consideration of the well-being of a desperately ill child", May said.

It is why we are recognised as one of the world's leading children's hospitals, employing the most skilled and caring doctors and nurses who are absolutely dedicated to their patients. The disorder causes profound weakness, brain damage, seizures and liver failure, according to England's National Health Service.

"My wife and I believe that little Charlie Gard should be given a chance because we believe there is hope", he said.

The High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court all ruled in favour of GOSH doctors.

"The domestic courts concluded that it would be lawful for the hospital to withdraw life sustaining treatment because it was likely that Charlie would suffer significant harm if his present suffering was prolonged without any realistic prospect of improvement, and the experimental therapy would be of no effective benefit."