‘There’s nothing to lose’: Charlie Gard’s mother appeals to hospital to let him go to US for treatment


The parents of terminally-ill infant Charlie Gard have vowed to keep fighting for him to receive treatment.

Speaking near Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) on Sunday afternoon, his mother Connie Yates said: “There’s nothing to lose, he deserves a chance.”

Ms Yates and Charlie’s father, Chris Gard, have been in a lengthy legal battle with hospital doctors.

They want the 11-month-old to receive experimental treatment in the US, but doctors argue it would not help.

Calling for her son to be be given the medication, Ms Yates told reporters: “He’s our son, he’s our flesh and blood. We feel that it should be our right as parents to decide to give him a chance at life.”

It comes ahead of a fresh hearing of Charlie’s case in the High Court on Monday.

Charlie has a rare, degenerative genetic condition which affects the cells responsible for energy production and respiration and leaves him unable to move or breathe without a ventilator.

Doctors had previously won an order to say Charlie’s life support should be turned off in a case that went all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

But on Friday GOSH announced it had applied to return to the court “in light of claims of new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition” in the wake of an offer from a US hospital to ship an experimental drug to the UK to help treat Charlie.


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