Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Charlie's parents are battling to take their child to the USA to receive nucleoside therapy, and Hirano's visit is part of their ongoing battle with Great Ormond Street hospital.

Judges have heard that Charlie, who was born on 4 August 2016, has a form of mitochondrial disease, a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

A BRITISH consultant has dismissed a U.S. doctor's offer to save Charlie Gard with experimental treatment, saying he is hoping for a "magic potion".

Dr Hirano has said he believes there is now a better chance the treatment would produce a meaningful improvement than there was when he gave evidence three months earlier.

Professor Michio Hirano, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Centre in NY, has collaborated with institutions including Cambridge University, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.

They have been fighting to take him to the United States for treatment. After much debate in court on Friday over whether Charlie's parents will be present for this, the Judge announced that Yates will be allowed to attend.

In a statement published on its website, the hospital said: "At the heart of Charlie's parlous and awful condition is the question, how can it be in his best interests for his life-sustaining treatment to be withdrawn?"

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Ms Yates and Charlie's father, Chris Gard, want to be allowed to take their son to NY to undergo a trial therapy overseen by Dr Hirano.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital told the court their position remains unchanged, that every medical treatment option had already been explored, and that any experimental treatment would be unjustified.

London's High Court, the Court of Appeal and Britain's Supreme Court have backed the hospital, a decision also supported by the European Court of Human Rights.

The hospital added it had treated more than 1,000 patients with mitochondrial disease and offered pioneering treatment, including nucleoside treatment, where appropriate.

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

The emotional case went to the UK High Court last week after the hospital requested a new hearing to consider "new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition".

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