BREAKING : Charlie Gard’s Parents STORM out of Court after Argument with Judge


The parents of Charlie Gard stormed out of a hearing today, after a disagreement with the judge.
“I thought this was supposed to be independent,” said Mr. Gard, who left with his wife and forgot their son’s toy monkey in the courtroom.
Charlie’s parents are seeking permission to get experimental treatment for his terminal illness, and are battling the courts to save his life.
“We love him more than life itself. If he’s still fighting, then we’re still fighting,” Charlie’s parents said, as they desperately hang on to the hope they can save their son.

From Express
CHARLIE Gard’s parents have stormed out of a High Court hearing as they fight for permission to seek medical treatment for their terminally-ill baby in the US. Here is the latest reaction and fallout from the court case.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates left the courtroom after a disagreement with the judge who will rule if Charlie should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in the US.
The couple walked out about two hours into today’s hearing. Mr Gard stood up and said: “I thought this was supposed to be independent.”

Outside the court this morning, their spokesman Alasdair Seton-Marsden said they are seeking treatment for their 11-month-old baby with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.
He said: “They are hoping to sway the judge to rule in favour of their son’s life by granting them permission to seek alternative treatment with medical experts specialising in the disease affecting Charlie.”
The parents said in the statement: “We are continuing to spend every moment working around the clock to save our dear baby Charlie.
“We love him more than life itself. If he’s still fighting, then we’re still fighting.”
Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital say Charlie should be allowed to die in dignity because therapy proposed by a doctor in America is experimental and will not help.
As the court continues, here is the latest reaction and fallout from the case in the Family Division of the High Court.
1pm: The court has now adjourned for lunch.
12.48pm: Legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg tweeted: “Charlie Gard’s parents have not returned to court for last few minutes before the lunch break. Chris Gard left his son’s toy monkey behind.”
12.39pm: Charlie Gard’s parents have stormed out of the courtroom after a disagreement with the judge. Mr Gard stood up and said: “I thought this was supposed to be independent.”
Jim Old, fixer for Sky News, tweeted: “Charlie’s mother and father angrily leave the court. This is supposed to be independent, he mutters as he leaves.”

12.18pm: Joshua Rozenberg, who trained as a lawyer before becoming a BBC journalist, tweeted: “Armstrong is handing the judge more written medical evidence.”
12.05pm: Victoria Butler-Cole, representing Charlie’s legally appointed guardian, has risen to challenge the parent’s counsel Grant Armstrong.
Noon: Connie Yates and Chris Gard are sitting in the courtroom as their counsel is Grant Armstrong presents evidence and arguments.
11am: Mr Justice Francis has said he will only change his decision in the Charlie Gard case if he is presented with important new evidence.

In April he ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors and decided that Charlie should be allowed to “die with dignity”.He has told the couple that he had already analysed the case at a trial and would not rake over old facts.
But he said: “If there is important evidence which suggests that I should change my decision then I will change it.”
Charlie Gard is being held “captive” by the state and health system, his family spokesman declared ahead of a High Court ruling to his future.He told Fox News: “Charlie is effectively being held as a captive. They can’t even take him home to die and they cannot fly him to America.
“So literally, he is being held captive by effectively the British state and national health system.”
Here is a timeline of the Charlie Gard case:August 4 2016 – Charlie Gard is born a “perfectly healthy” baby at full term and at a “healthy weight”.
September 2016 – Charlie’s parents notice that he is less able to lift his head and support himself than other babies of a similar age. Doctors discover that he has a rare inherited disease – infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS).
October 2016 – Charlie has become lethargic and his breathing is shallow and he is transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London on October 11.
December 2016 – Charlie spends his first Christmas in hospital with his parents putting a festive bib on the youngster and sharing a picture captioned “our little elf”.
January 2017 – A crowdfunding page is set up to help finance trial therapy in the United States.
March 3 2017 – Great Ormond Street bosses ask Mr Justice Francis to rule that life-support treatment should stop.
April 11 – Mr Justice Francis says doctors can stop providing life-support treatment after analysing the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
May 3 – Charlie’s parents ask Court of Appeal judges to consider the case.
May 23 – Three Court of Appeal judges analyse the case and dismiss the couple’s appeal two days later.
June 8 – Charlie’s parents lose fight in the Supreme Court – his mother screams as justices announce their decision.
June 20 – Judges in the European Court of Human Rights start to analyse the case after lawyers representing Charlie’s parents make written submissions.
June 27 – European court judges refuse to intervene. A Great Ormond Street spokeswoman says the European Court decision marks “the end” of a “difficult process”. She says there will be “no rush” to change Charlie’s care and says there will be “careful planning and discussion”.
June 29 – Charlie’s parents say his life-support will be switched off on Friday June 30.
June 30 – They say GOSH has agreed to “give us a little bit more time” with Charlie. They ask for privacy “while we prepare to say the final goodbye”.
July 2 – Pope Francis calls for the couple to be allowed to “accompany and treat their child until the end”, saying he has followed the case with “affection and sadness”.
July 3 – US President Donald Trump intervenes with an offer of help, tweeting: “If we can help little £CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”
July 4 – Bambino Gesu, the Vatican’s children’s hospital in Rome, offers to take Charlie in.
July 10 – Charlie’s parents return to the High Court and ask Mr Justice Francis to carry out a fresh analysis of the case. Mr Justice Francis said he will consider any new evidence.

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