United Kingdom court hearing begins for terminally ill baby

Parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have 48 hours to present new evidence in their court case

UK court hearing begins for terminally ill baby

Supporters joined 11-month-old Charlie's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard outside London's Great Ormond Street hospital (GOSH), calling for him to be released so he can travel to the United States for experimental treatment.

A new hearing is set to begin on Thursday (local time), with parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard given 48 hours to prepare what "new evidence" supporting USA 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.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital continue to think that extending the treatment would be "unjustified", given the suffering endured by the child, as they said on Friday in a statement.

Pope Francis has offered to help treat the child at the Baby Jesus Hospital adjoining the Vatican while President Donald Trump has also offered to help the little baby.

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Previous court rulings have said that Charlie couldn't receive the treatment for his mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that left him with brain damage and unable to breathe unaided, and that he should be taken off of life support.

They nevertheless called for a new hearing before the British High Court of Justice, deeming it necessary to take into account the "new elements for experimental treatment" proposed by "two global hospitals".

The judge asked the parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, to produce the evidence - about the effectiveness of the experimental treatment that could help their son - by Wednesday 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EDT).

"There is not a person alive who would not want to save Charlie", Judge Francis said, according to reports.

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Francis - who also ruled on an earlier chapter in the case - said everyone involved in the case wanted the best for Charlie.

"I did my job", Francis said.

The British government says the treatment would be extremely painful for the baby and would like for him to stay in Britain, but in Dr. Marc Siegel's opinion, the parents should be in charge.

Speaking to the BBC before Monday's hearing, Yates said the couple had endured a "living hell" over recent months, saying "it's awful that this decision has been taken out of our hands". "No matter how diverse and pluralistic we are as a culture, there is one thing that unites us all: the family", she added, noting that families worldwide are supporting Gard's parents.

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