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Charlie Gard's new chance at life?

12 July 2017

A British court has given the parents of terminally ill 11-month-old Charlie Gard a fresh chance to present evidence as to why they should be allowed to take their son to the United States for experimental treatment.

The U.K. High Court will rehear the case of Charlie Gard Thursday in light of new evidence produced by two global hospitals for Gard's treatment.

Baby Charlie Gard's parents have collected a total of 350,000 signatures in support for new treatment to help save their baby's life.

Siegel said the baby was in discomfort, and while the treatment won't bring about a cure, it could potentially extend his life.

The evidence came from researchers at the Vatican's children's hospital and another facility outside of Britain.

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The application came after both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump brought worldwide attention to the case.

The infant, widely known as Baby Charlie, suffers from a rare genetic condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and has left him with brain damage and unable to breathe without a ventilator.

Little Charlie Gard's last hope is to undergo experimental treatment in the US, a move that has been blocked by European and British courts. Connie Yates reportedly asked the judge.

Under British law, it is normal for courts to intervene when parents and doctors disagree on the treatment of a child - such as cases where a parent's religious beliefs prohibit blood transfusions.

Ms Yates said there are seven doctors specialised in Charlie's condition who back their request for the experimental treatment. The hearing is scheduled for Monday.

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"He is our son".

"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.

Speaking to the BBC before Monday's hearing, Yates said the couple had endured a "living hell" over recent months, saying "it's frightful that this decision has been taken out of our hands".

"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.

His parents have claimed that they have evidence of treatment in the US that could save his life, though Francis has given them by 2 p.m. on Wednesday to produce the details, with another hearing scheduled for Thursday. -- This story has been corrected to show that the surname of the CEO of Americans United for Life is Foster, not Glenn.

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Charlie Gard's new chance at life?