Parents fight to keep baby alive in United Kingdom legal battle

Parents fight to keep baby alive in United Kingdom legal battle

Mr Justice Francis said he was unlikely to give any ruling on Friday.

The judge adjourned the hearing shortly after the couple became distressed.

Yates interrupted the judge exclaiming, "I never said that!"

The Family Division of Britain's High Court in London ruled in April that medical experimentation is not in "Charlie's best interest", and denied the family's request to travel to the USA for the treatment. We hope the British courts can reverse their decision - if nothing else - to keep medical ethics in the volition of our world's citizens.

Charlie's family spokesman had said the tot "is being held captive by the British state" in a final plea ahead of the crucial court hearing. Although the bill died this session for a number of reasons, not the least of which was its estimated $400 billion price tag, a Public Policy Institute poll shows that the idea of single-payer state health care system is favorably viewed by 65 percent of Californians.

"That the United Kingdom hospital or the government would not allow them to make the decisions about Charlie's life and medical care is unfathomable", he added.

That ruling was preceded by a series of legal attempts by the couple, who have tried to make their cases to judges in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in London.

They have also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.

The judge, Mr. Justice Nicholas Francis, gave the parents two days to present new medical evidence in Charlie's case at a hearing Monday.

At the end of an eight-hour court hearing Thursday, Francis said "no hearing can resume" until that happens.

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Charlie's story captured hearts all over the world when his hospital declared it would be in the infant's best interest to be removed from life support.

"There is likely to be muscular improvement, there is likely to be an effect whereby the treatment crosses the blood-brain barrier and it's likely the treatment will have an effect on the mitochondria", said Armstrong.

Before the hearing, family spokesperson Alasdair Seton-Marsden read out an emotional statement from Charlie's mum and dad.

The parents said in the statement: "We are continuing to spend every moment working around the clock to save our dear baby Charlie".

His parents want to take him to the United States for further treatment.

Chris has said: "If he's still fighting, then we're still fighting".

The couple left the court angrily after a Mr Justice Francis referred to comments they had made three months previously.

"The parents seek to re-open the case in relation to the chances of success of treatment", he said. The parents have had to go through the courts now since November of past year to try to get this child help.

Mr Gordon suggested that Charlie might be being unlawfully detained and denied his right to liberty. Little Charlie is at the center of a legal and medical drama that has put parental rights and the "right to die" in direct opposition to one another.

He said: "We all want what's best for Charlie and if there's important evidence that suggests my decision should be changed, I will change it".

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