Charlie Gard Case: American Doctor Arrives Examine Terminally Ill Baby

Charlie Gard Case: American Doctor Arrives Examine Terminally Ill Baby

Medical experts are scheduled to gather today at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where 11-month-old Charlie is being cared for.

Charlie will be examined early this week, in London, by Dr. Michio Hirano, a neurologist at New York's Columbia University Medical Center.

Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Centre in NY, is scheduled to examine Charlie for the first time before discussing his condition with Great Ormond Street doctors and other medical experts.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates have clashed with doctors
Chris Gard and Connie Yates have clashed with doctors

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

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".

Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left him brain-damaged and unable to breathe unaided.

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Great Ormond Street had said Charlie's mechanical ventilator would be switched off after the European judgment, but the hospital has since given the boy's parents more time to spend with him before this happens.

A U.S doctor offering experimental treatment to a critically ill British baby visited the London hospital where he is being treated on Monday as part of a last-ditch attempt to persuade a judge to keep the boy's life support switched on.

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

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Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, have been trying to send their son to the United States to undergo Hirano's therapy.

The court battle continues.

"It may be unconventional but this case is full of unconventional aspects", the judge said.

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The case returned to the High Court following reports of new data from healthcare specialists who suggested that Charlie's condition could improve with the treatment.

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