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12 July 2017, 12:38 | Rex Hubbard
UK court hearing begins for terminally ill baby
A British court is giving the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard a chance to present fresh evidence that their terminally ill son should receive experimental treatment.
The U.K.'s High Court has set a hearing regarding Charlie's case for Thursday.
The evidence came from researchers at the Vatican's children's hospital and another facility outside of Britain, AP reported.
"There was a divide in opinion last week when Pope Francis and USA president Donald Trump publicly supported the fight to save terminally ill Charlie Gard", the dad of four wrote in his new! magazine column.
The brain damage Charlie has already suffered is irreversible, meaning even on the off-chance the experimental treatment extends his life, the little boy will remain blind, deaf, unable to breathe on his own and unable to move.
But British and European courts have so far sided with the hospital's decision that the 11-month-old's life support should end, saying therapy would not help and would cause more suffering.
Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have received wide public support, while right-to-life groups have intervened in their cause.
Yates has said previously that, should the money raised for Charlie not be used on his treatment, it will be offered to support other children with similar genetic disorders.
Following the hearing, Gard family spokesman Alasdair Seton-Marsden, said: If Charlie is still fighting, (his parents) are still fighting.
Charlie's father Chris yelled across the court room at a barrister, demanding: When are you going to start telling the truth?
There are 18 children currently on this treatment - one of them wasn't able to do anything and now she's riding a bike, she said.
"This treatment has prolonged life in some cases..." Connie Yates reportedly asked the judge. This has triggered a debate over who knows best for a baby's health.
Armstrong claimed that Francis' previous decision against the parents' request in April raises questions about his capability to hear the latest case fairly, though the judge insisted he very strongly wants Gard to live. We feel that it should be our right as parents to decide to give him a chance at life.
"As a mother, I could not stand by as Charlie's parents so bravely fought to seek life-saving care for their son", Foster continued.
"There are now seven doctors supporting us from all over the world - from Italy, from America, from England as well", Yates said Sunday when she arrived at the hospital.
"There is nothing to lose, he deserves a chance", she added.
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