'If he's still fighting, we're still fighting': Charlie Gard's parents vow as they deliver petition 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 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.

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

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.”

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


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

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”.

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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