Parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard prepare for fresh legal battle

Charlie Gard latest The High Court will decide Charlie's future today

The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard are preparing for another legal battle to fight for the right to take their son overseas for experimental treatment.

Courts have previously denied Connie Yates and Chris Gard the right to to send their 11-month-old son Charlie Gard to the United States on the grounds it would prolong his suffering without any realistic prospect of it helping.

They had until Wednesday to submit evidence that experimental treatment overseas could improve their son's condition.

He added that Great Ormond Street doctors had agreed to keep providing life-support treatment pending the outcome of the latest stage of litigation.

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 the United States for treatment.

The couple have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

They now want the High Court judge in London who made the initial ruling to carry out a fresh analysis of their case.

Family spokesman Alasdair Seton Marsden accused the health service of holding Charlie hostage
SKY NEWSFamily spokesman Alasdair Seton Marsden accused the health service of holding Charlie hostage

At the start of today's hearing, Judge Francis told the parents, from Bedfont, in west London: "We all want what is best for Charlie - if there's important new evidence that suggest my decision should be changed then I will change it".

"We've been requesting this specialised treatment since November, and never asked the hospital, courts, or anyone for anything - except for the permission to go".

Their spokesman Alasdair Seton-Marsden's voice broke as he read their final plea for clemency from Mr Justice Francis.

After a series of court battles, the family have been offered support by US President Donald Trump and the Pope, the latter having sent a tweet offering to help.

However, he warned that he will only consider allowing Charlie to go to therapy in the United States on the basis of new evidence, rather than arguments that have already been dismissed by himself and the Court of Appeal.

Ms Yates said it was the high-profile interventions from the Vatican and Washington that has prolonged their campaign.

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