Charlie Gard: High Court hears dispute over baby’s skull size

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Image caption Charlie has a rare genetic condition and is on life support

The judge hearing the case of terminally ill Charlie Gard has said it is “absurd” that a dispute over his head size is “undermining” the case.

His parents’ lawyer told the High Court Charlie’s mother had regularly measured her son’s head and disagreed with the hospital’s measurements.

Doctors have said the baby’s skull has not grown in three months, suggesting a lack of brain function.

His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, have walked out of the hearing.

The judge is due to rule on whether the 11 month old, who is on life support at Great Ormond Street Hospital, can be given a trial treatment.

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Image caption Connie Yates and Chris Gard walked out of the hearing at the High Court

The court heard Ms Yates had measured her baby’s head this morning and there was a 2cm difference with the hospital’s measurements.

Mr Justice Francis said he wanted the matter resolved and ordered for an independent person to measure the baby’s head within 24 hours.

“It is absurd that the science of this case is being infected by the inability to measure a child’s skull,” he said.

Charlie has a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS).

Doctors say should be moved on to palliative care but his parents have raised more than £1.3m to take Charlie to the US for an experimental treatment.

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