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Charlie Gard's parents still fighting for their son

14 July 2017

The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Chris Gard, 33, and Connie Yates, 31, are engaged in a long-running legal battle with Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, where Charlie is on life support, over whether he should be allowed to travel to the U.S. for experimental treatment.

Mr Justice Francis had in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors and decided Charlie should be allowed to 'die with dignity'.

But he told the couple on Thursday: 'If there is important evidence which suggests that I should change my decision, then I will change it'.

But he insisted the new evidence must be significant for him to reopen the case.

Pope Francis, previously offering the parents a stay at the Vatican hospital for Charlie, continues to offer his prayers for the young soul, as do many others across the globe. Gard and Yates wished to have Charlie moved to a hospital in the United States to undergo experimental treatment for his condition.

"I didn't say he's suffering", shouted Yates furiously, according to The Independent.

Richard Gordon QC, who led Charlie's parents' legal team, had told Court of Appeal judges that the case raised "very serious legal issues". They returned to the courtroom after the lunch break.

Doctors at the London hospital where Charlie is being treated refused to release Charlie, fearing he was too sick to be transported and benefit from such treatment.

Charlie's mother responded to the testimony with a thumbs up.

The specialist, who is proposing to give nucleoside therapy to the 11-month-old, told the High Court via video link his research "clearly indicates" the experimental therapy reduces muscle weakness in patients with a similar genetic disorder.

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Francis said it was unlikely the hearing would conclude Thursday but said he would consider any new evidence put forth. But its own view has not changed.

Charlie's story has gained worldwide attention.

Charlie's parents also argue that GOSH's claim that he has suffered irreparable brain damage is erroneous.

"There is likely to be muscular improvement, there is likely to be an effect whereby the treatment crosses the blood-brain barrier and it's likely the treatment will have an effect on the mitochondria", said Armstrong. But, unlike his parents, it does not believe that Charlie can be helped.

Doctors have said the baby's skull has not grown in three months, suggesting a lack of brain function. When asked by the judge, the doctor expressed willingness to come to Britain to see Charlie.

Socialized medicine, as the United Kingdom case involving Charlie Gard shows, puts bureaucrats at the helm of making family decisions.

"As I understand it, there are only four people in the world with this condition - you can't do a controlled trial", explained Grant Armstrong, the family's barrister.

Shortly after, Yates and Gard left the room.

"We are continuing to spend every moment, working round the clock to save our dear baby Charlie", they said.

Connie and Chris have said they'll do everything in their power to save their son's life. Little Charlie Gard's parents deserve the right to bring him to the U.S.to try to find treatment for him - that shouldn't even have to be discussed!

On Sunday, Charlie's parents gave the hospital a petition with more than 350,000 signatures from around the world.

Charlie Gard's parents still fighting for their son