Charlie Gard: Parents hand in petition to Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 10, 2017,
Jul 10, 2017, 0:23
In a joint statement, the United States politicians said: "Our bill will support Charlie's parents' right to choose what is best for their son, by making Charlie a lawful permanent resident in the USA in order for him to receive treatments that could save his life".
The petition calls on doctors at the hospital to allow the sick baby to travel to the U.S. of treatment. "We feel that it should be our right as parents to decide to give him a chance at life".
Britain's government won't play a role in deciding the future course of Charlie's treatment, an official said Sunday.
That prompted the hospital to seek another High Court ruling.
A London children's hospital on Friday asked a British court to assess new evidence about the condition of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill baby at the center of a legal battle that has drawn worldwide attention.
"Two global hospitals and their researchers have communicated to us as late as the last 24 hours that they have fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment", the hospital said in a statement released on Friday. "Independent medical experts agreed with our clinical team that this treatment would be unjustified", the hospital said.
'He's our son, he's our flesh and blood, ' she said. "If he is still fighting, we are still fighting". One of those doctors is a researcher and neurologist from Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital in Rome, which has previously offered to treat Charlie.
The hospital is now bound by court rulings barring it from sending Charlie anywhere for the experimental treatment, nucleoside therapy.
Sky News's Ashish Joshi spoke to a leading American pro-life lawyer who is close to the family, the chief executive of Americans United for Life, Catherine Glenn-Foster, about the new High Court hearing, who said it was "very, very, promising".
Clinicians from the Vatican-owned hospital's neurosciences department said tests in mice and patients with similar, but not identical, genetic condition as Charlie's suggests that the boy's condition could significantly improve, the Associated Press reported.
Charlie's parents are seeking to bring him to America for experimental treatment for a rare condition called Mitochondrial Depletion.
Charlie's case will be heard by Mr Justice Francis on Monday at 14:00 BST, according to a High Court listing.
The hospital said on Friday it would let the courts re-examine claims that he could be treated, citing "fresh evidence" after US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis drew global attention to the case.
The hospital said in June that if did apply for ethical permission to attempt nucleoside therapy on baby Charlie, but by the time that decision was made, the infant's condition had worsened.
"That very institution hired to care for Charlie is trying to strip him of his rights and his parents of their rights to even just take him to get a second opinion".
GOSH said it was acting in Charlie's best interests and it would now be for the High Court to make its judgement on the facts.