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Give baby Charlie a chance, parents urge judge

The parents of baby at the centre of a High Court life-support treatment battle have asked a judge to give their son “a chance”


“It is just having something there that could possibly improve him because he deserves a chance.”

Miss Yates echoed Mr Gard’s pleas.

“If I thought for a moment that Charlie was in pain or suffering I would not fight for that life to be extended,” she said.

“All we ask is that he be given the chance to have the treatment proposed.

“Charlie deserves that chance.”

Miss Yates broke down at the start of Wednesday’s hearing when a Great Ormond Street specialist gave details of Charlie’s condition.

“Charlie has deteriorated hugely since he first came to us,” said the specialist.

“The disease has affected his brain to the extent that he is completely ventilator-dependent.

“This situation is not a tolerable one to leave a child in.”

Mr Gard had given evidence with a toy monkey which belongs to Charlie protruding from the top pocket of his jacket.

The judge said Charlie’s parents must have gone through “living hell” when giving evidence.

The hearing resumes on Friday.

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