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Charlie Gard's dad: 'Please give him a chance'

The father of a baby at the centre of a High Court life-support treatment battle asked a judge today to "please give him a chance".

Charlie Gard Credit: Gofundme

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital think it is time to stop providing life support treatment to eight-month-old Charlie Gard.

Doctors say Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should move to a palliative care regime.

Charlie's parents, who are both in their early 30s, disagree. Chris Gard and Connie Yates, from west London, want to be allowed to take him to a hospital in America where they hope he can be treated.

A judge at the High Court has been asked to make decisions about what is in Charlie's best interests.

Chris Gard asked the judge: "Please give him a chance." Mr Gard described himself as "Charlie's proud dad":

My son is the apple of my eye and I would do anything for him and I want to give him a chance. He deserves a chance. It doesn't mean he should have to die because he will not be like another little boy running around.

– Chris Gard, Charlies's dad