It has been a long and difficult road for Connie Yates and Chris #Gard. In the past five months they have been through everything. Whilst a lot of it has been heartbreaking, there may just be light at the end of the tunnel.

The story you may ask? They are fighting for the life of their young terminally-ill baby, Charlie Gard. After being born "perfectly healthy" as the Telegraph reported, doctors discovered the 10 month old had a "rare inherited disease". The condition causes "progressive muscle weakness and brain damage". Where the contentious issue is that, as Charlie's situation deteriorates, there is hope of special treatment that is available in the USA.

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The problem has been that the hospital where Charlie is staying, the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), do not believe that it will improve the boy's quality of life. Even after going to the courts, the Connie and Chris were rejected as it was originally stated that his "life-support treatment" should end. The #Case drew international attention with Donald Trump, the Pope and certain doctors in the US believing that the treatment should be given to Charlie. Where we are at now is that a meeting will be held of clinical experts at the hospital next week to discuss the case.

The issue is, what should happen to Charlie? Whilst the courts and GOSH may be genuinely looking out for the baby boy, surely all avenues should be exhausted? And there is certainly hope. Dr Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at Columbia University in New York stated that a new therapy that is available in the US "could strengthen Charlie's muscles" and give him more of a chance of surviving, as reported on Sky News.

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This is certainly positive and the reason for more discussion and hope.

The parents want to exhaust all options and do not want to look back in time and think, as the Telegraph stated, 'what if?'. Let them do all that they can to give Charlie the best possible chance of living. That's the least that the courts and those involved can do.