Charlie Gard’s Parents Have Encouraging News
Charlie Gard’s parents are returning to the High Court to fight for their son’s life. This comes after a judge said there is new and powerful evidence that could overturn the previous ruling – to disconnect his life-support. Chris Gard and Connie Yates, Charlie’s parents, are renewing their battle to take their son to the United States for treatment. The High Court judge previously said that a new decision could be made if there was “new and powerful” evidence.
Charlie Gard, 11-Months Old, Continues His Fight
Charlie Gard’s parents have raised nearly two million dollars in order to take their son to the US for treatment. The boy suffers from a very rare genetic condition and has brain damage. The parents want him to undergo nucleoside therapy in the US. However, specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London, where Charlie is a patient have said therapy proposed by a doctor in America is experimental and would not help. They say life-support treatment should stop. Life support was scheduled to be stopped more than a week ago; however, this has been postponed.
Seven international experts had supported treatment the couple wanted Charlie to have. Lawyers said there was “encouraging” evidence. Mr Justice Francis said he would have to be persuaded that something had happened which would change a judge’s mind. He said a judge could make a different decision if there was “new and powerful” evidence. The judge said, “There is not a person alive who would not want to save Charlie.” He said, “If there is new evidence I will hear it.”
When parents do not agree about a child’s future treatment, it is standard legal process in London to ask the courts to make a decision. This is what happened in Charlie’s case.
The parents said they want to be trusted to act in his best interests. Mr Gard said they would stop the treatment if they believed it was harming their son. He said, “If we won the court case and we got to America, and then within the first week of treatment he started suffering and he was in pain, we would let him go. This isn’t about us. This is about Charlie and giving him the chance he needs.”