Charlie Gard: Parents Storm Out as UK Court Hears Sick Baby's Case

People campaign to show support for allowing Charlie Gard to travel to the United Stated to receive further treatment outside the High Court in London Britain

People campaign to show support for allowing Charlie Gard to travel to the United Stated to receive further treatment outside the High Court in London Britain

The judge hearing the case of terminally ill Charlie Gard said it was "absurd" that a dispute over his head size was "undermining" the case.

Charlie parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, want Mr Justice Francis to rule that 11-month-old Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in the United States.

Currently, the 11-month-old remains on life support at a London hospital and doctors want to take him off.

The parents of Charlie Gard are to find out whether they will be able to take their child for trial therapy in the US.

The case returned to the High Court after reports of new evidence from doctors in the United States who said experimental treatment could improve Charlie's life.

A U.S. doctor offering to treat Charlie Gard has said he is willing to come to London at short notice to examine the sick baby.

But his parents are refusing to give up hope, and have raised around £1.3million to take him to America for treatment.

"We said he's not suffering and not in pain", Yates yelled.

The Gards then requested that they at least be allowed to take Charlie home to die, but hospital officials refused last week, sparking an global outcry that brought offers of help from Pope Francis and President Trump.

The judge was told that Charlie could only breathe through a ventilator and was fed through a tube.

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Mr Gard stood up and said: "I thought this was supposed to be independent".

Foster further explained there is evidence that with the drug that could be administered to Charlie, there is "up to a 10%, and around 90-100% chance the medicine will cross the blood brain barrier", which is relevant to assessing the claims of brain damage.

Both Chris and Charlie's mother, Connie Yates, walked out of court.

British judges are tasked to intervene when families and doctors disagree on the treatment of people unable to speak for themselves.

The judge later apologized to the parents, telling them a transcript of what they had said had been found and they would not be misquoted, Sky News reported. Petitions have circulated to offer support and others have arrived at Charlie's bedside to pray.

"We've been requesting this specialised treatment since November, and never asked the hospital, courts, or anyone for anything - except for the permission to go". "That will be the only consideration of the judge at the hearing".

Mr Justice Francis asked the American doctor, who can not be identified for legal reasons, if he would come to examine Charlie at the children's hospital where he is being cared for.

The hospital, meanwhile, offered an unapologetic defense of its decision in a submission to the High Court.

But Charlie's mum Connie, 31, responded by saying that she'd measured the lad's head this morning, and that her measurements differed to the hospital's by around two centimetres.

Ahead of today's High Court hearing, which will makes its final decision on Charlie's future, the family's spokesman Alasdair Seton-Marsden accused the health service of holding Charlie hostage.

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