New York Doctor Calls in to UK Hearing on Charlie Gard; ‘Significant Evidence’ Presented

The parents of sick child Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard as they arrive at the High Court in London for a hearing in their latest bid to see him treated with an experimental therapy, in London Monday July 10, 2017.

By Liberty McArtor Published on July 13, 2017

Significant evidence” was introduced during a sometimes emotional hearing at London’s High Court to determine whether Charlie Gard may receive therapy.

At one point early in the day the 11-month-old’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, stormed out of the courtroom over some comments by judge Nicholas Francis. Francis later said he understood how difficult the hearing was for them and that they could leave again if necessary.

Gard and Yates are fighting to take Charlie to the U.S. He has mitochondrial depletion syndrome and is unable to move or breathe on his own. A U.S. doctor offered to try nucleoside therapy, a treatment administered orally, on Charlie. For months, his doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London have insisted he must be taken off life support to prevent more suffering, and U.K. courts have backed them.

GOSH only applied for a rehearing at the High Court after several doctors signed a letter saying there was new evidence indicating the nucleoside treatment had an even better chance of working than previously thought. The appeal came after Pope Francis, President Donald Trump, and hospitals in the Vatican and in New York offered help and support to Charlie’s parents.

On Monday, Francis told Gard and Yates they had 48 hours to collect and turn over all the new evidence. Today the case continued. Francis reportedly noted there would not likely be a decision Thursday, but that he doesn’t want to delay either. 

Americans United for Life president Catherine Glenn Foster is in the U.K. helping support Charlie’s parents. She spoke with The Stream Wednesday, saying that the international support has been “meaningful” to them. She live-tweeted Thursday’s hearing, which featured testimony from a doctor in New York who says nucleoside therapy could help Charlie.

Below are some of her tweets, beginning Wednesday night. Click here for more.

Grant Armstrong is the lawyer representing Gard and Yates.


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  • m-nj

    No offence, but is this the future of news articles?… cut-n-past a twitter stream?… very sad.

    • Nathan, WorldForger

      I think this is the text version of ‘breaking news’. In fairness, this very rarely happens, I think we should wait for more articles that do this before holding a wake for traditional news articles

  • meamsane

    Imagine how the parents feel. Someone other than they determining the childs fate! Outrageous!!!!!!

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