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Judge says open to changing decision on British baby Charlie Gard

14 Julio 2017, 10:59 | Fidele Alvizo

Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard

Today, July 13, the High Court in London, which previously ruled for the hospital, is reviewing new evidence about the experimental treatment being offered by at least seven mitochondrial DNA depletion experts.

Mr Justice Francis had earlier told the hearing: "If there is important evidence which suggests that I should change my decision then I will change it".

Addressing reporters outside court today, a spokesman for Charlie's parents Chris Gard, 32, and Connie Yates, 31, announced the news.

At one point during the hearing, Judge Nicholas Francis said the parents had stated they would not want to extend Charlie's life unless there was hope of improvement.

"I understand you walking out", he said.

Shortly after, the couple headed for the exit.

They are battling to keep their terminally ill 11-month-old son on life support so they can take him overseas for the treatment, a step opposed by his doctors on the grounds he may suffer without experiencing any benefit.

The lawyer for Charlie's parents told the court Ms Yates had regularly measured her son's head and disagreed with the hospital's measurements.

Mr Justice Francis had in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors and decided Charlie should be allowed to 'die with dignity'.

He told the court it was "absurd" that the cause was being "infected by the inability to measure a child's skull". "Little Charlie Gard's parents deserve the right to bring him to the try to find treatment for him - that shouldn't even have to be discussed!"

'However, after a very long day in court, they wish to return to the bedside of baby Charlie.

New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center have both announced they would be willing to take in Charlie - though they said a few conditions need to be met. Charlie needs to be transferred safely, "legal hurdles" cleared and it needs to "receive emergency approval from the FDA for an experimental treatment as appropriate".

The judge warned later that he may not be able to give any ruling on Thursday, British media reported.

The Judge also argued over the fact the proposed treatment has never been tested on mice nor humans.

It has been said for years that a parent's biggest fear is losing a child.

"Only the family, the doctors treating Charlie, and now the legal teams involved, know the details of complex issues that define his situation", Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, wrote in an open letter on Monday. In the U.S., the state can act to intervene when probable cause exists to do so, and/or where the child's life is threatened by parental abuse or neglect.

To call that a result of being "focused on the protection of children's rights" is Orwellian in construction and horrifying in result. The parents hoped to present fresh evidence to alter that view.

Fortunately in regards to truth, Charlie's parents are aware that a fatal outcome is still probable.

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