The British government has no involvement with the case of Charlie Gard

Aaron Brown
July 10, 2017

The couple both in their 30s and from Bedfont, west London, want to take the baby to a hospital in the United States for experimental treatment, but lost a lengthy legal battle after judges ruled in favour of doctors at GOSH.

Charlie has a rare, degenerative genetic condition which affects the cells responsible for energy production and respiration and leaves him unable to move or breathe without a ventilator.

Charlie Gard has been handed a new lifeline by USA lawmakers who want to grant the terminally ill baby and his parents the right to move to America.

The ongoing case has seen Charlie's parents torn and heartbroken, after being refused help after time and time again.

The same day, US President Donald Trump tweeted that the US would be delighted to help the boy.

Supporters joined 11-month-old Charlie's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard outside London's Great Ormond Street hospital (GOSH), calling for him to be released so he can travel to the USA for experimental treatment. Hospital administrators had kept him for months whilst fighting Charlie's parents in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and even the European Court of Human Rights for permission to withdraw his life support without their consent.

A petition, which asks the hospital to follow the wishes of Charlie's parents, was handed to doctors during the protest before a fresh court battle over his treatment.

Mr Gard said they needed a specialist in Charlie's condition and therefore need to send him to America to "give him the chance he deserves".

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But GOSH said its doctors believed the treatment would be "futile" and could prolong the boy's suffering. "If he is still fighting, we are still fighting".

It comes after news that GOSH applied to the High Court for a fresh hearing over Charlie's case, because of "claims of new evidence relating to potential treatment".

'He's our son, he's our flesh and blood, ' she said.

The Vatican's Bambino Gesu hospital has also offered to treat Charlie.

Meanwhile, U.S. Representatives Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) have offered legislation to grant citizenship to Charlie so he can come to the U.S. for experimental treatment.

Sky News's Ashish Joshi spoke to a leading American pro-life lawyer who is close to the family, the chief executive of Americans United for Life, Catherine Glenn-Foster, about the new High Court hearing, who said it was "very, very, promising".

"Our doctors have explored every medical treatment, including experimental nucleoside therapies".

Lidington said on Sunday that the government won't play a role in deciding Charlie's medical treatment, and that Monday's hearing will be decided by judges acting "independent and dispassionately" based on the facts of the complicated case, according to a report by the Associated Press. A USA hospital has offered to ship the drug needed for the therapy to Britain for Charlie. The British hospital treating a terminally ill baby boy said on July 7, 2017 it would examine claims that he could be treated after US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis drew worldwide attention to the case.

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