ITV This Morning interview with Connie Yates and Chris Gard
After their story appeared via Featureworld over two front pages of the Daily Mail, I arranged for the parents of Charlie Gard to speak about their plight on ITV This Morning.
In an emotional interview with ITV This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield the couple bravely told how they are coping with their situation.
Their son Charlie was born normally but since being diagnosed with a rare type of mitochondrial disease at eight weeks he has been on life support at Great Ormond St Hospital.
Now doctors at the hospital claim it is in Charlie’s best interests to remove his life support and let him die with ‘dignity’. As the parents won’t give consent the hospital has taken the extraordinary step of going to court to let a judge decide whether Charlie should die or have pioneering treatment in the US
His devoted parents, who have done extensive research, discovered the treatment in the US that could save Charlie’s life and they are desperately trying to raise the £1.2million costs.
The High Court has now given the parents 31 days to prepare their argument that Charlie should not have the life support removed and should be allowed to try the treatment in the US.
The couple told ITV This Morning how the ground breaking treatment has helped other children to survive – and added they will not give up fighting for their son.
The fate of baby Charlie will be decided by the High Court judge in April.
Their plight touched the hearts of the many viewers who took to social media to say how moved they were.
‘My heart goes out to this couple it’s bringing tears to my eyes’ said one while another tweeted, Can’t imagine what they must be going through’.
To donate to the fund and help give Charlie a chance, go to https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-to-save-charlies-life