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Charlie Gard's parents say baby 'deserves chance' of United States treatment

Charlie Gard's parents say baby 'deserves chance' of United States treatment

"There are now seven doctors supporting us from all over the world - from Italy, from America, from England as well - and they think that [experimental treatment] has a chance, you know, up to 10 percent chance of working for Charlie, and we feel that that's a chance worth taking", Yates said today, adding that they have been fighting for this opportunity since their son arrived at the hospital.

They want the 11-month-old to receive experimental treatment in the USA, but doctors argue it would not help.

The couple delivered a petition to the hospital of more than 350,000 signatures, calling on doctors at GOSH to allow Charlie to receive experimental treatment overseas.

Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left him brain damaged and unable to breathe unaided. It reads: "It is unacceptable that you have refused to follow the wishes of his parents and have instead chose to remove his life support, which will kill him".

Asked if it was right that judges could overrule the wishes of Charlie's parents, Mr Lidington told Sky News's Ridge On Sunday: "It is right that judges interpret the law, independently and dispassionately".

Charlie's fight for life received high-profile support from U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, with U.S. lawmakers planning to introduce legislation next week that would grant lawful permanent resident status in the U.S.to the child so he can receive treatment.

The parents of terminally-ill infant Charlie Gard have vowed to keep fighting for him to receive treatment. The ruling has kept the hospital from allowing Charlie's transfer overseas.

"If he's still fighting, we're still fighting", Mr. Gard said. "Independent medical experts agreed with our clinical team that this treatment would be unjustified", the hospital said.

Great Ormond Street Hospital said it had applied for a new court hearing "in light of claims of new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition". We've been fighting for this medication since November.

Ms Yates said her son was "not in pain or suffering" and she had been given hope by worldwide attempts to come to Charlie's aid, including from the Pope and President Trump. The Vatican's children's hospital also offered to treat the child, but the move was barred by "legal reasons".

Charlie's family were joined by an American pastor who travelled to the United Kingdom to pray at his bedside and tweets from the campaign account suggested he had initially not been allowed on the neonatal intensive care unit, which cares for seriously ill infants. A USA hospital has offered to ship the drug needed for the therapy to Britain for Charlie.

Charlie's parents, from Bedfont in west London, joined a demonstration outside Great Ormond Street Hospital on Sunday.

"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".

A new hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday.

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