Court to decide Charlie Gard's fate next week

Parents of Charlie Chris Gard and partner Connie Yates

Father yells ‘evil’ as lawyer reveals ‘sad’ Charlie Gard scan by Simon Garner Published

Chris Gard and Connie Yates want Mr Justice Francis to rule that their 11-month-old son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial overseen by a specialist in NY.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard were back at London's High Court today as their battle to convince a judge to allow their 11-month-old tot to undergo in America.

Charlie's father, Chris Gard, yelled "Evil!" at Gollop as his mother, Connie Yates, began to cry.

The High Court judge in Charlie's case warned there were "lots and lots" of other sick children at the hospital.

Mr Justice Francis pointed out that Charlie had been offered nucleoside bypass therapy in January, but the offer was later withdrawn as GOSH concluded that he had already suffered irreversible brain damage and it would not improve his quality of life.

Legal battle Charlie Gard
Legal battle Charlie Gard

The results of the scans were not made public. It's the latest in an ongoing emotional legal battle over treatment for Charlie. They believe the treatment, which has never been tested on a human with Charlie's exact condition, could restore his muscular and brain functions.

Earlier this week, U.S. Congressional leaders approved a measure to grant Charlie and his parents permanent residency status in an effort to make it easier for him to receive an experimental treatment.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie is being cared for, say the therapy is experimental and will not help.

Charlie's parents have, however, received support from Pope Francis, U.S. President Donald Trump and some members of the U.S. Congress.

The judge examined issues at a preliminary hearing today and said he would need to know whether there was "new material" which could make a "difference". One of the experts is a neurologist and a researcher located at the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, a Vatican hospital; the hospital's request to transfer Charlie to the Italian facility was also recently denied.

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