Charlie Gard hearing punctuated by dad's emotional outburst over terminally ill son

Charlie Gard's parents tell GOSH that 'if he's still fighting we're still fighting'

Charlie Gard's parents tell GOSH that 'if he's still fighting we're still fighting'

"In 40 years of pastoral ministry, I have never once been denied the right to pray over a patient in a hospital".

Great Ormond Street Hospital had said in a statement Friday that while it is seeking the High Court's opinion about experimental treatment for Charlie, the concern is that it will be ineffective and ultimately prolong his condition. First the hospital denies care, and now they deny prayer.

Yates told Daily Mail she was "heartbroken" over the hospital's initial decision to keep Mahoney out of her child's room.

Charlie's parents were overcome with emotion during the hearing. "The hospital did allow me to go pray with Charlie". 'And there's nothing more real than the power of a story where there's sort of a utilitarian authority saying, 'This life is not worth saving, and I'm not even going to let the parents get involved and try to save the life'.

Donald Trump and the Pope have offered to help baby Charlie, with the US President saying he would be "delighted" to help him secure treatment in the United Kingdom after courts ruled his life-support machine should be turned off.

Mahoney has a history of contention - he was arrested in 2000 in front of the Supreme Court during a protest against abortion, and arrested twice in 2008 in China for leading demonstrations for religious liberty in Tiananmen Square.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, want 11-month-old Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, to undergo a therapy trial in America.

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Gard's parents have lost a series of appeals in British courts and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and had no further legal recourse.

Lidington said Sunday that the government won't play a role in deciding Charlie's medical treatment, and that today's hearing will be decided by judges acting "independent and dispassionately" based on the facts of the complicated case, according to a report by The Associated Press.

The hospital where the terminally ill child is staying applied for the Monday hearing in light of new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition.

A Presbyterian hospital in NY and a Vatican-owned pediatric facility have offered to continue treatment for Charlie, who could only breathe through a ventilator and is fed through a tube.

One of the signatories of the letter is a researcher and neurologist with the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, which offered to transfer Charlie to their facilities earlier this week.

The parents of sick baby Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, right, stand together as a statement is read by a family friend to the media, outside the High Court during an adjournment of their legal hearing to allow treated of their son with an experimental therapy, in London, Monday July 10, 2017.