Mr Justice Francis told the High Court only dramatic new evidence could save the desperately ill 11-month-old. He challenged Charlie’s parents – Connie Yates and Chris Gard – to provide it within 48 hours.
They want the courts to allow their son to have experimental treatment rather than for his life support to be withdrawn. President Trump and Pope Francis have issued dramatic tweets backing the family’s stance.
But the judge insisted he would not be swayed by what has become a vociferous campaign. He said he would rule ‘not on the basis of tweets or things that are said to the Press but on the basis of clear evidence’.
During an emotional hearing at the High Court, Charlie's parents and lawyers acting on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital clashed over whether there was any new evidence to submit over the 11-year-old's condition.
Doctors claim Charlie's body has grown but his head has not, a fact which is disputed by Charlie's parents Chris and Connie Yates, who have been given 48 hours to provide circumference measurements proving otherwise.
The judge admitted the ‘head growth’ was an issue, after GOSH lawyer Katie Gollop said it had not grown in three months and that there was 'no prospect of Charlie becoming a normal boy.’
But an angry Connie told the judge: ‘They measured it this morning and it has gone up by 2cm in a week. His head has grown I promise you.’ Chris added: ‘They are fudging it.’
The youngster's heartbroken father also yelled out that Great Ormond Street was 'lying' to the judge and stormed out of the High Court after doctors said keeping him alive 'is against his welfare'.