United Kingdom court hearing begins for terminally ill baby

Parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have 48 hours to present new evidence in their court case

Parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have 48 hours to present new evidence in their court case

A British court yesterday gave the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard a chance to present fresh evidence that their terminally ill son should receive experimental treatment.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Gard is now provided life-support, appealed to the court for a new trial June 7 after two worldwide hospitals came forward with evidence.

GOSH applied for another court hearing because of "new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition".

Many in the worldwide community disagree with Francis, including President Donald Trump, Pope Francis, a host of pro-life organizations, and Gard's supporters across the world, in light of Francis' previous decision to deny Gard treatment based on his judgement that Gard's life was not worth living.

Baby Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition, an inherited mitochondrial disease generally referred to as MDDS, or mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

British and European courts sided with the hospital's original stance that the experimental treatment was "unjustified" and might cause Charlie more suffering with no cure.

The judge asked the parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, to produce the evidence - about the effectiveness of the experimental treatment that could help their son - by Wednesday 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EDT).

Gard and Yates presented "an urgent request to the Great Ormond Street Hospital to save Charlie's life" on Sunday.

The proposed treatment for Charlie, nucleotide bypass surgery, is offered in the U.S. However, even an American specialist said the procedure is unlikely to revers Charlie's brain damage.

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Charlie's father Chris yelled across the court room at a barrister, demanding: When are you going to start telling the truth?

"This treatment has prolonged life in some cases..."

A spokesman for the Met Police said they were called just after 3pm on Monday to reports of a collision outside the Royal Courts of Justice.

Gard's lawyers echoed Yates' claim when they appealed before Francis for a new trial and argued that a different judge should preside over Thursday's trial. "Until you're in this situation, you don't understand the power of hope", she said.

"I have to decide this case not on the basis of tweets, not on the basis of what might be said in the press, or to the press", Judge Francis said, acknowledging public interest surrounding the case. He rejected an attempt by the child's parents to have another judge hear the new evidence.

"He's our son, he's our flesh and blood", Yates said.

"As a mother, I could not stand by as Charlie's parents so bravely fought to seek life-saving care for their son", Foster continued.

The British government says the treatment would be extremely painful for the baby and would like for him to stay in Britain, but in Dr. Marc Siegel's opinion, the parents should be in charge.

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