Charlie Gard: Parents told new scans on terminally ill baby make for 'sad reading'

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A new scan on terminally ill baby Charlie Gard makes for “sad reading”, a lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has told his parents.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates are currently battling in the High Court to take their 11-month-old boy – who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage – to the US for experimental treatment.

But Barrister Katie Katie Gollop QC told the court on Friday that scans carried out by the hospital in recent days gave little cause for optimism in treating the terminally ill baby. 

It comes after a judge in the case told the boy’s parents that he will soon need to hear new material as they enter the latest stage in their legal battle.

During the hearing, which was scheduled for Mr Justice Francis to make case directions, barrister Grant Armstrong, representing the boy’s parents, told the court that the baby had undergone further scans in the past few days.

Charlie Gard judge says he will change his mind if evidence suggests he should

Charlie’s parents, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

GOSH has said the therapy is experimental and will not help Charlie, and the sick tot should be allowed to die with dignity.


Connie Yates and Chris Gard attend a High Court hearing (Lauren Hurley/PA)

They have also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.

But the couple say there is new evidence and want Mr Justice Francis, who in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity, to carry out a fresh analysis of their case.

Mr Justice Francis considered the couple’s new claims at preliminary hearings.

Last week, he suggested that the American specialist – Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York – should travel to London to meet Great Ormond Street doctors and other clinicians.

Dr Hirano examined Charlie and discussed his case at Great Ormond Street on Monday and Tuesday.

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