Late Friday (July 7th) Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) who has been treating Charlie Gard says it “plans to return to the High Court for a fresh hearing over his future,” according to ITN/ITV News.
GOSH said in a statement “Two international 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. And we believe, in common with Charlie’s parents, it is right to explore this evidence.” Doctors treating Charlie, however, say they “still believe it is in his best interests for further care to be withdrawn and that more treatment could cause him unnecessary suffering,” and “they are bound by the current court ruling, which also bans them from transferring Charlie out of the hospital.”
This news comes after a United States hospital had offered to ship an experimental drug to the UK to help treat the 11-month-old Charlie and after both President Donald Trump and The Vatican offered their assistance to help the family seek further treatment. Charlie’s mother Connie Yates said, “new research suggests it (the experimental drug) would work for Charlie.” She told the Good Morning Britain morning news program “There is potential for him to be a completely normal boy, but you don’t know until you try,” and that “There’s around a 10% chance of this working for Charlie. I think that’s a good enough chance to take.”
A family spokesperson reacted to the latest developments saying “The decision by Great Ormond St Hospital to apply for a fresh hearing in the High Court regarding their son Charlie marks the end of an extremely traumatic and distressing week for his parents and the rest of his family. Connie and Chris are like any loving parents. They have always put Charlie’s needs first and will continue to do so as they only want the very best for him.They are optimistic their son will soon get the treatment he needs and want to thank those people from around the world who’ve sent them so many moving and touching messages of support.”
ITN/ITV says “Charlie’s case will be heard by Mr. Justice Francis from the British High Court on Monday, July 10th at 2 pm.”
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Source: ITN/ITV News
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