Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network: Statement on Charlie Gard

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PHILADELPHIA / Friday, July 14 / – As the Charlie Gard case continues to unfold in London’s Royal Court of Justice, it appears there is a basis for cautious optimism. After two days of sometimes contentious proceedings, punctuated by compelling and emotional witness from Chris Gard and Connie Yates, Charlie’s parents, it appears that Mr. Justice Francis will allow a New York City physician to examine little Charlie.

“It’s about time that we had some concrete legal reason for hope,” said Bobby Schindler, President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. “We know this treatment is effective for some patients. We know there’s no medical reason not to try. What happens next should be obvious: Charlie should be treated and given the opportunity his parents so desperately desire.”

At issue is whether the physician will be able to demonstrate to the court’s satisfaction that the oral ointment that could treat Charlie will be effective. A lingering question in the Charlie court case is whether Charlie is suffering as a result of his condition. This latest news could turn the tide in the debate if the American treatment is found to be a potentially effective treatment.

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network continues to stand with little Charlie and his heroic parents, and will continue to update as the case unfolds.

Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network (http://www.lifeandhope.com/)