Dying baby's parents get second chance

A United Kingdom judge has allowed the parents of a terminally ill baby to present fresh evidence in their campaign for their son to be allowed to receive experimental treatment.

Yates has said previously that, should the money raised for Charlie not be used on his treatment, it will be offered to support other children with similar genetic disorders.

Trump also waded into the debate on Monday, tweeting that the United States "would be delighted" to help.

A BBC news crew filming reporter Keith Doyle, who was covering the Charlie Gard case at the High Court, captured the moment a man ran across their shot and into the path of a bus.

They initially asked for £1.2 million but the fund has now topped £1.3 million.

But when medical authorities and parents disagree, the court ruled, "it is well recognized that parents. may lose their objectivity and be willing to 'try anything, ' even if, when viewed objectively, their preferred option is not in a child's best interests".

Judge Nicholas Francis said that "there is not a person alive who would not want to save Charlie", in comments reported by NBC News UK affiliate, ITV News.


"The moment a human life can begin to be measured on a sliding scale - when lawmakers and doctors decide what "life is unworthy of life" - this is the moment our humanity itself begins to unravel", he added. Charlie's parents appealed the ruling in May, but the case was dismissed. Physicians treating Charlie said they explored various treatment options, but claim none of the treatments would improve his quality of life.

Great Ormond Street Hospital, which had meant to turn off the baby's life-support systems, applied for the court hearing because of "new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition".

The parents have found a doctor in the United States that will perform the experimental treatment.

The couple said they "look forward" to the new evidence being presented.

Barrister Grant Armstrong, who led Charlie's parents' legal team, told the judge that hospitals in the USA and Italy had offered treatment. The life and death struggle facing Charlie's parents could happen to anyone, which is why we are fighting alongside them for their right to determine their son's welfare. "I will be the first to welcome that outcome", Francis told Gard's lawyers. The British Courts ruled that the hospital could remove the mechanical ventilation, providing palliative care only, which would essentially mean he would die. The couple also sought to have the case heard by the U.K. Supreme Court in June, but the case was also dismissed.

That is all that Charlie Gard's parents want - to give their son a chance to live.


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