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Great Ormond Street Hospital applies for fresh hearing in the Charlie Gard case

New evidence has been forthcoming relating to potential treatment

On 7 July Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children applied to the High Court for a fresh hearing in the case of Charlie Gard in light of claims of new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition.

Two international hospitals and their researchers communicated to the hospital within the preceding 24 hours that they had fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment. The hospital, in common with Charlie's parents, believes that it is right to explore this evidence.

Great Ormond Street Hospital is bound by the ruling of the High Court which expressly forbids it from transferring Charlie for nucleoside therapy anywhere. That ruling has been upheld by the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. It has also been supported unequivocally by some of the world's most distinguished clinicians and scientists. The ruling also states that it is in Charlie's best interests for artificial ventilation to be withdrawn, and for his clinicians to provide him with palliative care only.

The ruling of Mr Justice Francis states:

"It is lawful, and in Charlie's best interests not to undergo nucleoside therapy, provided always that the measures and treatments adopted are the most compatible with maintaining Charlie's dignity."

Great Ormond Street Hospital is therefore giving the High Court the opportunity to objectively assess the claims of fresh evidence. It notes that it will be for the High Court to make its judgment on the facts.

Charlie's condition is exceptionally rare, with catastrophic and irreversible brain damage. The hospital says that its doctors have explored every medical treatment, including experimental nucleoside therapies. Independent medical experts have agreed with its clinical team that this treatment would be unjustified. They also said it would be futile and would prolong Charlie's suffering.

The hospital has acknowledged the offers of help from the White House, the Vatican and colleagues in Italy, the United States and beyond.

A hearing has been listed for Monday 10th July 2017.