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Charlie Gard Case to Resume on Thursday

11 July 2017

The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have been told to spell out fresh evidence which might persuade a judge to let them take their child overseas for treatment.

His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, want to take him to America to undergo a therapy trial.

Judge Nicholas Francis gave the couple until Wednesday afternoon to present new evidence demonstrating that their child should receive the experimental treatment that the couple says could potentially improve his condition.

There is lab evidence that the experimental treatment protocol for Charlie prepared by the Bambino Gesu' may work, according to a letter from Rome to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital which on Friday officially asked its doctors to be allowed to administer it.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital reportedly blocked a US pastor from praying over Charlie Gard Sunday, sparking further outrage over the hospital's handling of Gard's case.

Ms Yates told the judge: "He is our son".

Mr Justice Francis oversaw a preliminary hearing in the Family Division of the High Court on Monday.

The couple had taken their fight to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, after exhausting all legal options in the UK.

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"Not only that, but they said it would be futile and would prolong Charlie's suffering".

"Two global hospitals and their researchers have shown these past 24 hours they had new items for the experimental treatment", said the hospital in a press release to justify this sudden reversal of the situation.

Mr Gard interrupted to ask: "Why did you refer us to Harley Street then?", referring to the private clinic in London.

He called the prayer "one of the most important prayers I have ever prayed in my life" and shared a photo of himself and Charlie's parents on Facebook: "Wonderful update and victory", he captioned the photo.

"Unsurprisingly, no other hospital was prepared to do so", she said.

The small Charlie suffers from the Syndrome of depletion of mitochondrial DNA, a neurodegenerative disease that results in progressive muscle weakness and affects the vital organs such as the heart and lungs.

Gard said at the hospital Sunday that there is "no evidence of catastrophic brain damage" in his son, and that the experimental treatment they are seeking can "get into the brain and help" with what harm has occurred.

She said no further imaging of Charlie's brain had been carried out since the April ruling.

Mr Armstrong said there was "encouraging" evidence. Although he said that "no judge has a better understanding of the case" than he has, it was important that there was no "perception of unfairness" when the final decision is made.

Charlie Gard Case to Resume on Thursday