Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Parents of Charlie Gard prepare for fresh legal battle

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LONDON: The judge hearing the case of terminally ill Charlie Gard has said it is “absurd” that a dispute over his head size is “undermining” the case.

His parents’ lawyer told the High Court Charlie’s mother had regularly measured her son’s head and disagreed with the hospital’s measurements.

Doctors have said the baby’s skull has not grown in three months, suggesting a lack of brain function.

His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, have walked out of the hearing.

The judge is due to rule on whether the 11 month old, who is on life support at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), can be given a trial treatment.

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The court heard Ms Yates had measured her baby’s head this morning and there was a 2cm difference with the hospital’s measurements.

Mr Justice Francis said he wanted the matter resolved and ordered for an independent person to measure the Charlie’s head within 24 hours.

“It is absurd that the science of this case is being infected by the inability to measure a child’s skull,” he said.

The couple, who come from Bedfont, west London, left the hearing after two hours following an exchange with the judge.

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

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Charlie has a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS).

Doctors say should be moved on to palliative care but his parents have raised more than £1.3m to take their son to the US for an experimental treatment.

The treatment, called nucleoside therapy, is not a cure and there have not been any trials to see if it would work in Charlie’s condition.

Charlie has severe brain damage, cannot open his eyes or move his arms or legs and needs to be on a ventilator.

Doctors at GOSH have said his life support should be switched off and he should be allowed to die with dignity.

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