Charlie Gard's parents fight to bring son to the United States for treatment

Charlie Gard's parents fight to bring son to the United States for treatment

Charlie Gard's parents fight to bring son to the United States for treatment

Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son, Charlie Gard.

The petition and the prospect of US legislation are the latest in a months-long battle over whether Charlie should be taken off life support or receive a new treatment that the hospital has previously said would be futile.

Unless the next hearing produces a change, previous court decisions bar the hospital from allowing Charlie to be taken elsewhere for treatment.

Charlie was born in August with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a progressive disease that causes muscle weakness and loss of motor skills, leaving those who have it unable to stand, walk, eat, talk and eventually breathe. 'We feel that it should be our right as parents to decide to give him a chance at life.

The parents of Charlie Gard have said that they're "still fighting", because Charlie is still fighting.

Charlie's parents also have received support from Pope Francis and President Donald Trump, with hospitals in Rome and NY offering to take Charlie.

The hospitals also said they offered to work with and advise Great Ormond Street Hospital on treating Charlie in London if the US Food and Drug Administration gave approval for the drug to be shipped there.

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The public appearance by Charlie's parents precedes a highly anticipated court hearing scheduled for Monday that will determine whether or not an experimental treatment will indeed be permitted.

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.

Also speaking outside the hospital, U.S. lawyer Catherine Glenn Foster said: This new evidence involves the therapy itself and the percent success rate, and the likelihood that it will significantly help Charlie.

'He's our son, he's our flesh and blood, ' she said. The Vatican's children's hospital also offered to treat the child, but the move was barred by "legal reasons".

Ms Yates added: "If he's still fighting, we're still fighting".

Clinicians from the Bambino Gesu paediatric hospital's neuroscience department said tests in mice and patients with a similar, but not the same, genetic condition as Charlie had shown "dramatic clinical improvements".

Rev Patrick Mahoney, addressing supporters and media before the family statement, said he was pleased to be able to visit Charlie a day earlier.

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The U.K. hospital recently won a court case against the couple that allows it to turn off life support and let Charlie die. The Vatican children's hospital studied whether it was possible for Great Ormond Street to transfer Charlie to Rome.

Charlie's parents are protesting the decision by Great Ormond Street Hospital to turn down their request to bring him to the US for treatment.

Nucleoside therapy is the experimental treatment available to Charlie in the USA, but it has yet to be sufficiently tested, according to a BBC News' report.

The hospital said a court should assess the claims of fresh evidence and "make its judgment on the facts".

Justice Secretary David Lidington said the Government had "no role to play" in the case.

But doctors have now applied for Charlie to have a fresh hearing in the High Court over "new evidence" relating to potential treatment for his condition.

Doctors finally bowed to global pressure on Friday to give the desperately ill baby another chance.After being handed fresh evidence by seven worldwide experts, Great Ormond Street asked the High Court to reopen the agonising case.

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