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Charlie Gard: Father yells 'evil' as Great Ormond Street lawyer calls baby's scan report 'sad reading'

The parents reacted furiously when the barrister representing the hospital broke the news that the brain scan report made for "sad reading"

Parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard lashed out in court after a lawyer for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) spoke of a brain scan report before the pair had seen it.

The baby's mother, Connie Yates, burst into tears and his father, Chris Gard, yelled "evil" after Katie Gollop QC told a High Court judge what doctors thought of fresh scan results.

The parents reacted furiously when the barrister representing the hospital broke the news that the brain scan report made for "sad reading" on Friday (July 21).

Charlie Gard's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday (July 21)(Image: PA)

Mr Justice Francis was analysing preliminary issues at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, prior to the scheduled trial on Monday (July 24).

Mr Gard and Ms Yates want the judge to rule their 11-month-old son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial overseen by a specialist in New York.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie is being cared for, say the therapy is experimental and will not help.

They say life support treatment should stop.

Earlier this week the American specialist, Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, travelled to London to examine Charlie for the first time and discuss the case with Great Ormond Street doctors.

Ms Gollop told the judge that doctors had produced a report on the newest scan and said: "It makes for sad reading."

Ms Yates began to cry and said: "We haven't even read it."

Mr Gard yelled "evil" and added: "I'm not f****** listening to this biased sh*t anymore."

The couple then stormed out of court.

Ms Gollop apologised.

Dr Michio Hirano specialises in treating rare genetic conditions(Image: Columbia University Medical Cent)

"Almost all the medical evidence in this case makes for sad reading," she told the judge.

"I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to cause distress."

Barrister Grant Armstrong, who represents the couple, said Ms Gollop should not have broken the news about the scan before Charlie's parents had read the report.

Charlie's parents, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont , have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

International experts have met with Great Ormond Street Hospital doctors to discuss Charlie Gard's condition(Image: AP)

They have also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.

But the couple say there is new evidence and want Mr Justice Francis, who in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity, to change his mind.

The judge is due to consider their latest claims in detail next week before making a decision.

Mr Justice Francis has told Charlie's parents he will not re-run the case but will consider any "new material".

The couple had hoped to take Charlie to America for pioneering treatment.(Image: Trinity Mirror)

Lawyers say they will examine the latest expert reports, and data from fresh scans, over the weekend.

Mr Armstrong had earlier told the judge a "range of opinions" had been expressed when experts gathered a few days ago.

He said he believed at least one specialist had "something new".

But Ms Gollop said: "We don't yet have any of this apparent new evidence."

Lawyers said Dr Hirano and Charlie's parents could give evidence at next week's hearing.

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