United Kingdom official says government has no role in Charlie Gard case

Trump Supports Idea to Bring Charlie Gard to US for Treatment

Speaking outside Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) on Sunday, his parents said: "He's our son, he's our flesh and blood".

"Two global hospitals and their researchers have communicated to us as late as the last 24 hours that they have fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment", the hospital said in the statement.

However, they lost a lengthy legal battle after judges ruled in favour of doctors at GOSH.

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have called on Great Ormond Street Hospital to allow him to travel to the USA for treatment.

Charlie was born in August with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a progressive disease that causes muscle weakness and loss of motor skills, leaving those who have it unable to stand, walk, eat, talk and eventually breathe.

High Court listings show a hearing is due to take place at 2pm on Monday July 10th.

Great Ormond Street Hospital said in a statement on Friday that while it is seeking the High Court's opinion about experimental treatment for Charlie, there is worry it will be ineffective and ultimately prolong his current condition. "There is nothing to lose, he deserves a chance".

The parents of Charlie Gard have said that they're "still fighting", because Charlie is still fighting.

New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, meanwhile, told CBS News on Friday it would evaluate Charlie "provided that arrangements are made to safely transfer him to our facility, legal hurdles are cleared, and we receive emergency approval from the FDA for an experimental treatment as appropriate".

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"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".

The same day, US President Donald Trump tweeted that the US would be delighted to help the boy.

A Vatican-run hospital in Rome then offered to treat Gard.

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

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.

GOSH describes experimental nucleoside therapies as "unjustified" but its decision comes after two worldwide hospitals and their researchers contacted them "as late as the last 24 hours" to say they have "fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment".

The Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he has stayed at since October, said letting him die was the only humane option to end his potential pain and suffering.

An online campaign has raised about $1.7 million to send Charlie to the United States.

The lord chancellor, David Lidington, expressed sympathy with the judges involved in the "heartwrenching" case when asked on Sky News' Ridge On Sunday whether it was right that judges could overrule the wishes of Charlie's parents.

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