British baby Charlie Gard to be evaluated by U.S. doctor

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 17, 2017

The Telegraph reported that Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center in NY, is scheduled to visit Great Ormond Street Hospital in London on Monday and Tuesday to examine Charlie, who is suffering from a rare genetic condition and is believed to have brain damage.

The 11-month-old boy suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left him brain-damaged and unable to breathe unaided.

Charlie's parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates are now making their case in the High Court seeking a ruling allowing their 11-month-old son to travel to NY for experimental treatment.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital argue that a new treatment won't help and could make the child suffer.

A judge ruled that Charlie's mother Connie Yates could be present for the gathering.

His anguished parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, are desperate for the trial to go ahead and have raised funds to bring him to the US.

The parents have fought in court for permission to take the child to the United States for treatment.

Great Ormond Street Hospital requested a new hearing after the New York-based neurologist claimed his treatment could now have a better chance of working.

But Dr Hirano, 55, believes his experimental theory could give Charlie "11% to 56% chance of clinically meaningful improvement".

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

He will meet with doctors and medical experts at the hospital to discuss his treatment.

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

In April a judge ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street, saying Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby suffering from a rare mitochondrial disease, is at the centre of a legal tussle.

Litigation is due to resume after Dr Hirano's meetings - this is likely to be Tuesday or Wednesday.

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