World Charlie Gard Case: American Doctor to Travel to London

22:32  14 july  2017
22:32  14 july  2017 Source:   NBC News

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  Charlie Gard: May leaves door open for treatment abroad as U.S. hospital offers to treat him for free Prime Minister Theresa May left the door open for the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard to receive treatment outside the UK.British Prime Minister Theresa May left the door open for the terminally ill infant Charlie Gard to receive treatment outside the United Kingdom, as the Vatican and hospitals in the U.S. offered to care for the baby.

LONDON — The identity of an American doctor who told a British court experimental treatment could help terminally ill baby Charlie Gard has been revealed. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis have both spoken out about the case which has garnered worldwide attention.

The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard , Connie Yates and Chris Gard , right, arrive at the High Court in London , Friday, July 14, 2017. An American doctor who specializes in conditions such as that affecting Charlie Gard will travel to Britain next week to assess the critically ill baby.

Image: Baby Charlie Gard with his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard.© Baby Charlie Gard with his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard. Image: Baby Charlie Gard with his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard.

LONDON — The identity of an American doctor who told a British court experimental treatment could help terminally ill baby Charlie Gard has been revealed.

Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University in New York City appeared in court via video link Thursday and said that there was a 10 percent chance of "clinically meaningful success" if the child was allowed to undergo the experimental treatment his parents are seeking.

Hirano, whose name was previously protected by court restrictions until Friday, will travel to England next week to meet the medical team that is currently treating the 11-month-old boy, Associated Press reported.

New York Hospital Offers to Treat British Baby With Rare Disease

  New York Hospital Offers to Treat British Baby With Rare Disease <p>A leading academic medical center in New York City has offered to treat Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old infant in Britain who was born with a rare and fatal genetic disease.</p>A leading academic medical center in New York City has offered to treat Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old infant in Britain who was born with a rare and fatal genetic disease.

Charlie Gard . SOURCE: Family photo via CNN. American doctor to travel to UK in Charlie Gard case . A British High Court judge says he is "open-minded about the evidence."

ill baby Charlie Gard , Connie Yates and Chris Gard , right, arrive at the High Court in London An American doctor who specializes in conditions such as that affecting Charlie Gard will be traveling The case attracted international attention after President Donald Trump and Pope Francis weighed in.

A statement from Columbia University Medical Center Friday said that Hirano's lab "is developing experimental therapies for mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, the disorder that afflicts Charlie Gard."

Related: Charlie Gard Parents Storm Out Of Court

Baby Charlie is unable to move his arms or legs or breathe unaided. He has been treated at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London.

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis have both spoken out about the case which has garnered worldwide attention.

Doctors from GOSH have argued that the child's life support should end as further therapy would cause more suffering, a position thus far backed by courts in the U.K. and Europe.

But parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have raised $1.8 million to take Charlie abroad to receive treatment they believe could help.

In court Friday, Judge Francis revealed that he will deliver his verdict on the case by July 25, according to the AP.

On Thursday, both parents stormed out of court after reacting to comments by Judge Francis.

U.S. expert flies to Britain to examine baby Charlie Gard .
<p>A U.S doctor offering experimental treatment to a critically ill British baby is due in London this week to help persuade a judge to keep the boy's life support switched on, in a case that has prompted a fierce debate around the world about medical ethics.</p>The parents of Charlie Gard, who has a rare genetic condition causing progressive muscle weakness and brain damage, have been fighting a legal battle to send him to the United States for the neurologist's experimental therapy. But Britain's courts have refused permission on the grounds it would prolong his suffering without a realistic prospect of it helping.

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