Charlie Gard's parents to learn fresh High Court verdict

Connie Yates and Chris Gard

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being cared for, say therapy proposed by a doctor in the United States is experimental and will not help.

The judge, Justice Nicholas Francis, said he was keeping an open mind over his previous ruling that further treatment would be futile. "If there is important new evidence that suggests my decision should be changed then I will change it".

But he insisted the new evidence must be significant for him to reopen the case. His parents Chris and Connie have raised over $1.7 million in the hopes of bringing their son to the US for experimental treatments in hopes of saving his life.

"I never said that", Yates said.

Mr Armstrong said Charlie's parents' unease at decisions made by judges is shared by members of the public. They returned to the courtroom after the lunch break.

During the hearing, Judge Francis asked to be presented with the latest measurement of Charlie's head circumference within 24 hours, because it was unruly to him that it had not been measured since Monday.

Doctors at the London hospital where Charlie is being treated refused to release Charlie, fearing he was too sick to be transported and benefit from such treatment.

Mr Justice Francis is examining evidence at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London. But its own view has not changed.

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Finally, the most compelling lesson from Charlie's story is simply this - that any capable and loving parent should be able to do what is best for their child, without interference from the state.

Fortunately in regards to truth, Charlie's parents are aware that a fatal outcome is still probable. Yates and Gard, however, said they have nothing to lose at this point.

Mr Armstrong said: "The parents seek to reopen the case in relation to the chances of success of treatment".

The judge has requested Charlie's parents to produce "all evidence" of potential treatment and whether it would help their son.

Doctors have said the baby's skull has not grown in three months, suggesting a lack of brain function.

The New York expert, who was giving evidence via videolink, said he would be prepared to come to London to examine Charlie.

First a bit of background: Charlie suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes seizures. This matters because whether the baby's brain is growing is a factor in the case.

I, for one, give a big "no, thank you" on letting our government control another part of my life, and I hope and pray everyone actually looks into what exactly government health care really means.

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Shortly after, Yates and Gard left the room.

A United States doctor offering to treat Charlie Gard has said he is willing to come to London at short notice to examine the sick baby. The hospital says there is no known cure and believes his life support systems should be turned off.

"We love him more than life itself. If he was we wouldn't be up here fighting for that", Yates added, according to an Associated Press report.

He called the U.K.'s stymying of the parent's plan "unfathomable", particularly so because time's 'a-ticking on treatment.

But they can't go anywhere until the courts allow them to.

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.

The courts blocked their request on June 30. Charlie's mother Connie Yates shouted out, accusing Francis of misquoting her earlier statements about her son's quality of life.

Charlie is now on life support and unable to move his limbs or eat or breathe without assistance.

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