A mum and dad in Bedfont are challenging a decision by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) doctors to allow their ill baby son to die.
Doctors at the world renowned London hospital say seven-month-old Charlie Gard should move to a palliative care regime.
His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, disagree and want to send their boy to a hospital in America in the hope that pioneering treatment will save his life.
A High Court judge is expected to decide whether GOSH can withdraw its life support treatment for Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, at a hearing in April.
A gofundme page set up by mum Connie to pay for his treatment in America has raised £240,979, with the amount quickly rising, but is still short of its £1.2m target.
Mr Justice Francis examined preliminary issues at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Friday (March 3).
The judge was told by Katie Gallop QC, representing the doctors at GOSH, that Charlie was deaf and unable to cry.
'Every day that passes is a day that is not in the child’s best interests'
She said doctors thought that withdrawal of life-support treatment would be in Charlie’s best interests and told the judge: “The hospital’s position is that every day that passes is a day that is not in the child’s best interests.”
Ms Gollop said GOSH specialists had considered the type of treatment Charlie’s parents wanted him to have in America and decided against it.
'His parents believe that he is in much better shape than the hospital does'
Barrister Sophia Roper, who represents Charlie’s parents, told the judge: "His parents believe that he is in much better shape than the hospital does."
Mr Justice Francis heard that a US hospital had agreed to accept Charlie as a patient if treatment could be paid for.
Charlie was born with a form of mitochondrial disease - a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting his gofundme page .
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