Baby’s brain scan ‘sad,’ par­ents told

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON — The Bri­tish par­ents of crit­i­cally ill baby Char­lie Gard have been told by a hos­pi­tal lawyer that the re­sults of their son’s lat­est brain scans make for “sad read­ing.”

Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal lawyer Katie Gol­lop broke the news to Char­lie’s par­ents at a pre-court hear­ing Fri­day in Lon­don.

Char­lie’s fa­ther, Chris Gard, yelled “Evil!” at Gol­lop as his mother, Con­nie Yates, be­gan to cry. The par­ents said at the hear­ing it was the first time that they were be­ing told about the lat­est re­sults in the cru­cial test of Char­lie’s brain func­tion.

The hos­pi­tal be­lieves that 11-month-old Char­lie has suf­fered ir­re­versible brain dam­age that treat­ment can­not re­pair. His par­ents dis­agree. Ear­lier this week, Char­lie un­der­went brain scans in an at­tempt to de­ter­mine whether his brain dam­age is ir­re­versible.

The re­sults of the scans were not made pub­lic.

The pre­hear­ing Fri­day was the lat­est step in his par­ents’ long le­gal bat­tle to give Char­lie, who suf­fers from mi­to­chon­drial de­ple­tion syn­drome and can­not breathe un­aided, an experimental treat­ment. They be­lieve the treat­ment, which has never been tested on a hu­man with Char­lie’s ex­act con­di­tion, could re­store his mus­cu­lar and brain func­tions.

It’s not clear how much longer Char­lie can live with­out the treat­ment.

Judge Ni­cholas Fran­cis, who has over­seen the lat­est round of ap­pear­ances at Lon­don’s High Court, said in Fri­day’s hear­ing that Char­lie’s par­ents could present ev­i­dence at a hear­ing Mon­day. He said the ev­i­dence must be new and rel­e­vant to the case.

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