Charlie Gard to be Examined by American Doctor on Monday

Posted July 16, 2017

On Friday, High Court Judge Nicholas Francis ruled that American Neurologist and Columbia University professor and Chief of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center Michio Hirano, MD, will be allowed to travel to London to personally examine Charlie.

While officials with Great Ormond Street Hospital - where Charlie has been since October - remain unwavering in their opinion that every medical treatment option had already been explored for the young boy and that any experimental treatment would be unjustified, Hirano has treated others with conditions similar to Charlie's - and believes there is still hope.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital have fought the parents' bid for therapy because they don't think it will help and may cause him pain.

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Dr Hirano gave evidence, via a link from NY, on Thursday.

The doctor, Michio Hirano, whose name was revealed after a court order was lifted Friday, is a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center in NY.

[Dr. Hirano] said he has devised a treatment plan for Charlie, who would be given four strong doses of nucleoside bypass therapy, which is given orally or injected.

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Charlie's parents said they were anxious publicity might put pressure on Dr Hirano.

Hirano will be able to make the case for his treatment to hospital specialists next week; however, The Telegraph reported that the British specialists believe that the treatment is merely experimental, and will not help.

The judge leading a High Court hearing over the 11-month-old's future today lifted an order which had previously barred United Kingdom media from identifying doctors involved in the case.

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

"Where there's life, there's hope, and we will continue praying for Charlie and his parents", Pavone said.

"A world where only parents speak and decide for children and where children have no separate identity or rights and no court to hear and protect them is far from the world in which GOSH treats its child patients", the hospital said.

The judge in the Charlie Gard case has ordered little boy's head to be measured to determine if there is any brain development. He characterised that as a "conservative estimate" of improvement in muscle strength. He's now on a ventilator from which Great Ormond Street Hospital officials want to remove him against his parents' wishes.

They say life support treatment should stop. It's their prerogative. That the United Kingdom hospital or the government would not allow them to make the decisions about Charlie's life and medical care is unfathomable. The judge sought a compromise in which Yates could attend if a chair be appointed to lead the meeting, with Charlie's mother due to indicate her consent late on Friday.