New legal battle in Charlie Gard's fight for life

Violet Powell
July 11, 2017

A judge at London's High Court ruled against the hospital and in favor of the parents of baby Charlie Gard-who is suffering from a rare genetic disorder-that they may present new scientific evidence concerning their son's treatment, which will be reviewed this Thursday and could possibly lead to Charlie receiving treatment in the United States.

Bambino Gesu' Hospital chief Mariella Enoc said Friday their researchers had put their treatment protocol for Charlie Gard at the disposal of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the London hospital was "thinking of trying to verify it".

British judges have ruled there is no evidence a proposed experimental drug therapy will save his life.

She said that if the medication works Charlie "could potentially be a normal boy again".

If there is a ruling in favor of the parents, baby Charlie could be treated at several different facilities in the United Sattes, including New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Columbia University Medical Center.

But doctors said it was "right to explore" any new evidence and said they were seeking the court's view.

Despite the arguments of medical and legal professionals, Charlie Gard's parents haven't given up their fight.

"We're not saying Great Ormond Street is a bad hospital but they don't have a specialist for his particular condition".

They received another boost this week when Donald Trump voiced his support for their cause, pledging to find a way for Charlie to receive treatment in the US.

It called for the family to be allowed to travel to receive the experimental treatment, something now blocked by a High Court ruling.

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"Great Ormond Street Hospital is giving the High Court the opportunity to objectively assess the claims of fresh evidence.It will be for the High Court to make its judgment on the facts", they said.

GOSH said it would send the case back to court after worldwide healthcare facilities offered "fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment" for Charlie.

She said she hoped the judge would take into account new evidence as when the decision was made previously, his chance was rated at being close to 0 percent but now this has been increased to 10 percent.

Charlie inherited the faulty RRM2B gene from his parents, affecting the cells responsible for energy production and respiration and leaving him unable to move or breathe without a ventilator.

"He should have had this chance a long time ago now".

The case is due to be heard at the High Court in London later on Monday.

Charlie's doctors say his brain is extensively damaged at a cellular level.

While Ms Yates and Mr Gard said they have been boosted by support from the US President Trump and the Vatican, a leading expert has described interventions from high-profile figures as "unhelpful".

One need only be human to feel compassion for the extraordinarily hard and painful burden being endured by terminally ill 11-month-old in the UK Charlie Gard's parents.

Thanking supporters, Mr Gard said: "Let's get Charlie the treatment he needs".

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