World U.S. expert flies to Britain to examine baby Charlie Gard

16:55  17 july  2017
16:55  17 july  2017 Source:   Reuters

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  U.S. Doctor Fueled Hopes of Ailing British Infant’s Parents The American neurologist has been at odds with British experts who say that Charlie Gard is suffering and should be allowed to die.LONDON — A neurologist in the United States has played a curious role in the high-profile case of Charlie Gard, the brain-damaged and terminally ill infant whose plight has drawn attention from Pope Francis and President Trump.

The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard , Connie Yates and Chris Gard , arrive at the High Court in London, Britain July 14, 2017.Neil Hall.

People campaign to show support for allowing Charlie Gard to travel to the United Stated to receive further treatment, outside the High Court in London, Britain July 13, 2017.Peter Nicholls. Charlie ' s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard

The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, arrive at the High Court in London© REUTERS/Neil Hall The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, arrive at the High Court in London 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.

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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  New hearing Monday for terminally ill British baby Connie Yates and Chris Gard rallied support for their son on Sunday, extending a campaign to move the 11-month-old to America -- after doctors and judges in England determined that Charlie should be taken off life support."Unfortunately, they are not specialists in Charlie's condition, the specialists are in America -- where we want to go," Chris Gard says.Charlie was born healthy but a severe genetic condition soon left him blind, deaf and unable to breathe. His doctors saw no hope of recovery.

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The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard , Connie Yates and Chris Gard , arrive at the High Court in London, Britain July 14, 2017.Neil Hall.

The case has gained global attention after interventions by U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, who both voiced support for 11-month-old Charlie on Twitter. It has prompted a heated debate about whether the hospital treating the child or his parents should determine his fate.

The U.S. doctor offering the treatment - Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at New York's Columbia University Medical Center - is due in London to examine Charlie for the first time and to meet other medical experts involved in the case.

Hirano says the therapy he is developing could improve the condition of Charlie who suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease. He believes there is between an 11 and 56 percent chance the nucleoside therapy would improve the baby's muscular strength and that there is a "small but significant" chance it would also help brain functions.

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  UK court rehears Charlie Gard case in light of new evidence A British court on Monday gave the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard a chance to present fresh evidence that their terminally ill son should receive experimental treatment. Judge Nicholas Francis gave the couple until Wednesday afternoon to present the evidence and set a new hearing for Thursday.The decision came after an emotionally charged hearing in which Gard's mother wept in frustration and his father yelled at a lawyer.The re-opening of the case at London's High Court may allow Charlie to receive the therapy treatment at his current hospital or abroad.

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Charlie Gard ' s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard leave after a hearing at the High Court in London July 10, 2017. — Reuters picLONDON, July 17 — A US 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

London's world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children says Charlie, who cannot breathe without a ventilator, has no quality of life and that his life support should be turned off.

People campaign to show support for allowing Charlie Gard to travel to the United Stated to receive further treatment, outside the High Court in London© REUTERS/Peter Nicholls People campaign to show support for allowing Charlie Gard to travel to the United Stated to receive further treatment, outside the High Court in London NEW EVIDENCE

Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, have been fighting a legal battle to send their son to the United States to undergo Hirano's experimental therapy.

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.

But last week, the case returned to the High Court after the hospital asked for a new hearing to consider new evidence from Hirano.

The U.S. neurologist said reports of brain scans suggested that Charlie had brain disorder rather than structural damage. He said the better muscular strength would allow a better assessment of his brain condition.

"In my view my keeping Charlie on artificial ventilation will not cause significant harm because he does not seem to be in pain," he said.

However, he had never seen Charlie and has had limited access to his medical records, so it was agreed Hirano should come to Britain to see him and also to discuss the case with doctors involved in his treatment and other independent medical specialists.

The findings of the meeting will be reported to Judge Nicholas Francis who is expected to make a final decision on July 25.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Pravin Char)

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