London Hospital Showing Signs of Change of Heart in Charlie Gard Case

July 07, 2017Jul 07, 2017

On Friday, Great Ormond Street Hospital announced that they have applied for a new court hearing on the Charlie Gard case. In a statement, they said “Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children has today 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," reports The Washington Times.

After Pope Francis and President Trump spoke out in defense of Charlie and his parents' rights to make decisions about their child's health, more than one hospital in Italy and the United States reached out to offer Charlie care at their hospital. However, GOSH told these hospitals that the previous court rulings tied their hands, and they would not be able to allow him to be transported elsewhere.

On Thursday, Connie Yates told Good Morning Britain that new research showed that treatment had as good as a 10% chance of helping Charlie, which is better than previously thought. She also shared that the family now has five doctors—two British, two Spanish, one Italian, and one American—telling them that Charlie should be allowed to be treated. 

The hospital also revealed that they received “fresh evidence” from researchers at international hospitals in the last 24 hours concerning potential treatments for Charlie. “Great Ormond Street Hospital is therefore giving the High Court the opportunity to objectively assess the claims of fresh evidence,” the hospital said. “It will be for the High Court to make its judgment on the facts.”

Before GOSH made their announcement, a source in the Vatican revealed that Pope Francis has been considering giving Charlie Vatican citizenship so that he could be treated in Italy. In theory, this would move the legal difficulties out of the way, and it would allow Charlie to be cared for by people who are concerned about his right to life. 

It was also rumored that President Trump would talk to British Prime Minister Theresa May about Charlie while they are both at the G20 talks in Germany. You have to wonder if pressure from the PM or pressure from the speculated citizenship caused the hospital to change their position. Hopefully, public pressure and the new information will encourage the court to decide in Charlie's favor this time around.