United Kingdom hospital seeks court hearing on new Charlie Gard evidence

Marsha Scott
July 10, 2017

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have called on Great Ormond Street Hospital to allow him to travel to the U.S. for treatment.

New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, meanwhile, told CBS News on Friday it would evaluate Charlie "provided that arrangements are made to safely transfer him to our facility, legal hurdles are cleared, and we receive emergency approval from the FDA for an experimental treatment as appropriate".

Ms Yates said the oral medicine they want for Charlie has an "up to 10% chance of working" and has "no known major side effects".

Clinicians from the Vatican-owned hospital's neurosciences department said tests in mice and patients with similar, but not identical, genetic condition as Charlie's suggests that the boy's condition could significantly improve, the Associated Press reported.

"They said that it wasn't fair to leave him on the ventilator for three months for a treatment they didn't think was going to work".

The complex case appeared to have reached its end last month, when the European Court of Human Rights refused to overturn British court rulings barring Charlie from traveling to the United States for treatment. We've been fighting for this medication since November.

The couple were speaking after two United States congressmen said they would table legislation to give Charlie and his family U.S. resident status in a bid to allow them to travel there for experimental treatment.

But, after a worldwide media storm over the case, global experts presented Charlie's family with new evidence that gave the baby a much higher chance of survival than previously thought.

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"As ministers and as a Government we have no role to play in the Charlie Gard case, as would be the case in any other proceeding in court".

"It must be incredibly pressured - probably emotional, under the judicial professionalism, a really emotional, heart-wrenching case for them to have to decide".

The U.S. should grant terminally ill Charlie Gard and his parents legal residency so the British baby can undergo trial treatment stateside, a pair of Republican lawmakers argued.

Charlie's case will be heard by Mr Justice Francis on Monday.

"Our priority has always been, and will always be, the best interests of Charlie Gard", the hospital said.

Unless the court hearing produces a change, the hospital is barred by a series of court decisions from allowing the baby to be taken elsewhere for treatment. Our special thanks goes to everyone in America and everyone in Rome who has supported us and who believes that Charlie deserves this treatment as we believe he rightly does.

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".

But Patrick Mahoney, a pastor at the Church on the Hill in Washington DC, later said he had been able to pray "for a miracle" alongside the parents. "I felt like taking him and holding him in my arms".

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