On Monday British Court gave second chance to the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard to offer some new evidence that their son should be experimentally treated.
This decision is probably product of very emotional hearing, during which Charlie’s father yelled at the lawyer while his mother cried.
Deadline for presenting some new evidence is Wednesday afternoon, as set by judge Nicholas Francis, he has also set hearing for Thursday. This case got worldwide attention and coverage very fast.
The judge specifically asked for “new and powerful” evidence to countermand earlier rulings that forbid Charlie from traveling abroad for treatment and gave authorization to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital to take him off life support.
“There is not a person alive who would not want to save Charlie,” judge said. “If there is new evidence I will hear it.”
Charlie suffers from a rare genetic disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome,that damaged his brain and disabled him to breathe without aid. His parents plan to bring him abroad for experimental therapy, as they think that will help their son.
But British and European courts have 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. And that is what result of the re-opening of the case could be, allowance for Charlie to go abroad and receive experimental treatment.
Another court hearing is set due to “new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition.”
The new evidence is a product of Vatican’s children’s hospital researchers and another facility outside of Britain. Pope Francis and Donald Trump both pointed out importance of this case, which eventually helped, also they promised hospitals in Rome and the U.S. will provide Charlie the experimental therapy.
This case puts parent on side, because they get to decide what is the best option for their children and authorities on other side as they are responsible as they are obligated to help the ones that can’t speak for themselves and get them the most appropriate treatment.
Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, are receiving worldwide public support, and right-to-life groups have intervened on their side. Catherine Glenn Foster, the Americans United for Life chief executive was in London to support the couple.
“Today is a victory for poor Charlie and Chris and Connie over Great Ormond Street Hospital,” Foster said. “There is a tremendous amount of hope here.”
There is also a petition that can be signed supporting baby’s right to treatment, it gained around 350,000 and around 1.3 million pounds is raised for him.
Emotionally stressed, parents really could not control themselves during hearing. Chris Gard started yelling at the hospital attorney: “When are you going to start telling the truth?” Connie just added: “It’s really difficult.” “He is our son. Please listen to us,” she said.
Francis repeated that everyone working on that case want only the best for the baby and he refused parent’s asking to have other judge hear the new evidence. “I did my job,” he said. “I will continue to do my job.”
Connie listed seven specialists worldwide who told her that if taken experimental treatment it has “up to 10 percent chance of working.”
“I hope they can see there is more of a chance than previously thought and hope they trust us as parents and trust the other doctors,” she said.