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American Doctor Meets with Charlie Gard's Medical Team

18 July 2017

The American doctor who has offered to treat Charlie Gard has attended a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital, to help decide whether the 11-month-old will go to the U.S. for treatment.

Charlie will be examined early this week, in London, by Dr. Michio Hirano, a neurologist at New York's Columbia University Medical Center. However, despite his credibility among British doctors and scientists, many NHS medical staff regard his intervention as unhelpful.

Professor Michio Hirano, from Colombia University Medical Centre, will visit Great Ormond Street Hospital at the request of a judge to discuss the care of the 11month old boy. Hirano has offered to treat him with an experimental gene therapy he believes has a 10%...

Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left him brain-damaged and unable to breathe unaided. The hospital says Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

The new High Court hearing was requested after the Vatican's children's hospital and the United States hospital said a new experimental protocol might work for Charlie, whose parents have been trying to secure a move to the US.

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Hirano's visit was organised during a court hearing last week after he testified the treatment was worth a try.

On Thursday, Hirano told Justice Nicholas Francis that the baby's MRI scan did not necessarily indicate structural damage to the brain.

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.

After a series of hearings and appeals in several courts, the European Court of Human Rights decided on June 30 not to intervene in the case, which upheld a British Supreme Court decision that the hospital could discontinue life support to Charlie and he could not be transferred.

"In my view my keeping Charlie on artificial ventilation will not cause significant harm because he does not seem to be in pain", he said.

American Doctor Meets with Charlie Gard's Medical Team