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Charlie Gard's Parents Walk Out On Judge Two Hours Into New Hearing

14 July 2017

In Charlie's case, life support machines at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital - "the leading children's hospital" in the United Kingdom - are keeping him alive as his parents fight for his rights to be treated. Yates and Gard were asked Monday to deliver new evidence regarding the effectiveness of the treatment Charlie would receive in the U.S.

The case has garnered sympathy internationally, with the pope, President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence, all offering help to the child.

During Thursday's hearing, the parents' lawyer, Grant Armstrong, quoted an expert in the field saying there was a 10 percent chance of Charlie experiencing "meaningful improvement" as a result of the treatment.

That ruling was preceded by a series of legal attempts by the couple, who have tried to make their cases to judges in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in London.

Medical staff treating the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have received "vile abuse" and death threats, a court was told yesterday.

The couple say there is new evidence and want Mr Justice Francis, who in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity, to carry out a fresh analysis of their case.

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Connie Yates and Chris Gard were angry after apparently being misquoted regarding the 11-month-old's quality of life.

Mr Justice Francis is examining evidence at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

"What you have really basically is a cold hospital bureaucracy - the hospital is a great hospital but the reality is they're not as personally invested in Charlie as the parents are and we're hoping that the court recognises this fact".

"I never said that!"

After having tried numerous treatments in London, his parents wanted to give Charlie a final shot at life with experimental nucleoside therapy in the U.S.

After Yates and Gard first entered the court Thursday, family friend Alasdair Seton-Marsden read a statement on their behalf. "If he was we wouldn't be up here fighting for that", Yates added, according to an Associated Press report.

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Giving evidence for three hours over video link, the doctor said the figure related to clinical improvement to Charlie's muscle strength and that there was a "small but significant" chance of improving his brain disease.

Earlier this week, the boy's parents submitted a petition of over 350,000 signatures to the hospital, demanding that they be allowed to take him to America for treatment.

These parents simply want their son to have a fighting chance, and who is anyone, especially a government, to cessate their human rights and honest hope? "This case does raise some important issues".

After the judge argued that one of the two parents had made the comment, the couple rose from their seats and left the courtroom shortly before the hearing recessed for lunch.

The hospital, meanwhile, offered an unapologetic defense of its decision in a submission to the High Court. They've offered their groundbreaking treatment to us, and are confident that they can help Charlie.

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Charlie Gard's Parents Walk Out On Judge Two Hours Into New Hearing