Parents fight to keep baby alive in United Kingdom legal battle

Charlie Gard latest The High Court will decide Charlie's future today

Charlie Gard latest The High Court will decide Charlie's future today

The parents of a terminally ill British baby whose life support is to be withdrawn are to present new evidence in court Thursday, demanding they be allowed to travel to the United States for treatment.

Charlie Gard suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic condition causing progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrived at the High Court clutching their 11-month-old son's favourite cuddly monkey ahead of today's crucial court hearing.

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

His parents have raised more than $2 million in online donations for their son and want to try an experimental treatment, which is being offered by doctors in the United States and at the Vatican.

The couple have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

Family spokesman Alasdair Seton Marsden accused the health service of holding Charlie hostage
SKY NEWSFamily spokesman Alasdair Seton Marsden accused the health service of holding Charlie hostage

The judge at London's High Court said the case will be held in full on Thursday.

They have also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges in Strasbourg, France, to intervene.

"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".

Mr Justice Francis, who in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors and decided that Charlie should be allowed to "die with dignity", oversaw a preliminary hearing in the latest round of litigation on Monday.

Charlie's plight has touched people around the world and the family have received donations totalling more than £1.3 million to take him to the United States for therapy.

However, he warned that he will only consider allowing Charlie to go to therapy in the U.S. on the basis of new evidence, rather than arguments that have already been dismissed by himself and the Court of Appeal.

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