cheap bailey button ugg boots US doctor examines desperately ill Charlie Gard to test if he can have ‘life
US doctor examines desperately ill Charlie Gard to test if he can have ‘life saving treatment’Leading neurologist Dr Michio Hirano flew in from New York to attend crunch meeting with specialists at Great Ormond Street about the terminally ill tot’s future14:45, 17 JUL 2017Updated14:46, 17 JUL 2017Connie Yates and Chris Gard outside Great Ormond Street Hospital (Image: PA)
Tragic Charlie was born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a rare and debilitating genetic condition that leaves sufferers severely mentally and physically impaired.
Doctors from Great Ormond Street, where Charlie is hooked up to life support machines, have said the tot will die from the illness.
But Dr Hirano, 55, believes his experimental theory could give Charlie “an 11% to 56% chance of clinically meaningful improvement”.
His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, are desperate for the trial to go ahead and have raised funds to bring him to the US.
But judges in several courts most recently the European Court of Human Rights told his parents that taking Charlie abroad was not in his best interests.
Now Dr Hirano has been asked to examine Charlie and present his “new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition” to the High Court, in London.
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Great Ormond Street requested a new hearing after the New York based neurologist claimed his treatment could now have a better chance of working.
He will meet with doctors and medical experts at the hospital to discuss his treatment today.
Last week, mum Connie won an explosive battle with Great Ormond Street as a court ruled she can attend the crunch doctors’ meeting about her son’s treatment.
Connie will be allowed to join Professor Hirano to see if the sick tot will benefit from an untested therapy.
Great Ormond Street tried to stop the 31 year old from attending because it believed doctors would not necessarily ‘speak freely’ in her company.
The 11 month old’s exasperated parents yelled “he’s our son!” as they clashed with opposition lawyers in the High Court for a second time on Friday.
Charlie, who has a rare genetic condition, has survived two plans to withdraw his life support.
His parents, of Bedfont, south west London, thought they had reached the end of the road last week, after four courts ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street Hospital doctors who said Charlie was brain damaged beyond hope, and that it was kinder to let him die.
But Pope Francis and Donald Trump electrified the public campaign to ‘save Charlie’ with supportive tweets.
The court heard that White House staff contacted the American doctor shortly before he made his claims about Charlie. He then spoke with Great Ormond Street on July 4.
Two days later, a letter was sent by the doctor and six other experts in Charlie’s condition to the hospital.