'If he's still fighting, we're still fighting': Charlie Gard's parents' vow as 350,000 signature petition delivered to doctors

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Charlie Gard’s parents vowed to keep fighting for their terminally ill baby’s treatment as they joined supporters to deliver a 350,000 signature petition to doctors.

Speaking outside Great Ormond Street Hospital, where 11-month-old Charlie is being treated, Connie Yates and Chris Gard said: “If he’s still fighting, we’re still fighting.”

The petition calls on doctors at the hospital to allow the sick baby to travel to the USA of treatment.

The couple lost a lengthy legal battle after judges ruled in favour of experts at the London hospital who said trial therapy in the US would not improve the child’s quality of life.

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Charlie Gard’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates (PA)

But doctors have now applied for Charlie to have a fresh hearing in the High Court over “new evidence” relating to potential treatment for his condition. 

Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

Speaking outside Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) on Sunday, his parents said: “He’s our son, he’s our flesh and blood. We feel that it should be our right as parents to decide to give him a chance at life.”

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Charlie Gard’s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard, pictured, deliver a petition with more than 350,000 signatures to Great Ormond Street Hospital (PA)

She added: “There is nothing to lose, he deserves a chance.”

Ms Yates said the oral medicine they want for Charlie has an “up to 10 per cent chance of working” and has “no known major side effects”.

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Charlie Gard: The baby is being treated in Great Ormond Street Hospital (PA)

Mr Gard said there is no evidence Charlie has “catastrophic brain damage.” He added: “He should have had this chance a long time ago now.

“They said that it wasn’t fair to leave him on the ventilator for three months for a treatment they didn’t think was going to work. He’s now been left for seven months with no treatment.”

Ms Yates added: “If he’s still fighting, we’re still fighting.”


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