Medical

Parents of sick infant brace for another court fight

Parents of sick infant brace for another court fight

The parents of a terminally ill baby have arrived at the High Court in London hoping "the courts will finally rule in favour of us seeking treatment elsewhere".

Charlie Gard has a rare genetic condition.

"That the United Kingdom hospital or the government would not allow them to make the decisions about Charlie's life and medical care is unfathomable", he added.

Courts have previously denied Connie Yates and Chris Gard the right to to send their 11-month-old son Charlie Gard to the U.S. on the grounds it would prolong his suffering without any realistic prospect of it helping.

At the High Court this morning, Grant Armstrong, acting for the parents, told the judge he had been "in error" when previously assessing key medical evidence in Charlie's case.

Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo, visited Charlie in Great Ormond Street Hospital, London on Saturday at the invitation of Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates.




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.

"We are continuing to spend every moment, working around the clock to save our dear baby Charlie", the parents said in a statement before the hearing.

After a series of court battles, the family have been offered support by US President Donald Trump and the Pope, the latter having sent a tweet offering to help.

Francis who ruled on the original case in April said he would be delighted to change his mind but added: "I want evidence of something that's different". "If he's still fighting, then we're still fighting".

Mr Armstrong said: "The parents seek to reopen the case in relation to the chances of success of treatment".

But he said he would consider any new evidence and scheduled another hearing in the Family Division of the High Court for Thursday.


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