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Parents in 'last hope' court battle to take sick son to US for treatment

By Brian Farmer

A couple who want to take their sick baby son to America for treatment are waiting for a ruling on the latest stage of a legal battle after asking Court of Appeal judges not to take away the "only remaining hope".

Chris Gard and Connie Yates want permission to take nine-month-old Charlie Gard, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, to America for a therapy trial.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie is being cared for, are against experimental treatment in the US and say life-support treatment should stop.

Last month, a High Court judge ruled against a trip to America and in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors. Mr Justice Francis concluded that life-support treatment should stop and said a move to palliative care would be in Charlie's best interests.

Charlie's parents, who are aged in their 30s and from Bedfont, west London, have asked appeal judges to overturn Mr Justice Francis's decision.

They said they hoped to deliver a ruling tomorrow. Richard Gordon QC, who led Charlie's parents' legal team, told appeal judges: "They wish to exhaust all possible options.

"They don't want to look back and think 'what if?'. This court should not stand in the way of their only remaining hope."

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