Thursday 27 July 2017

US expert at Charlie's bedside to meet doctors

Charlie Gard’s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Charlie Gard’s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Dean Gray London

An American doctor specialising in treating rare genetic conditions has met with other specialists who are treating Charlie Gard, as he assesses the critically ill 11-month-old for the first time.

Dr Michio Hirano, of Columbia University, is spending two days talking with doctors from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the child's mother, Connie Yates.

The hospital has given Dr Hirano an honorary contract, which gives him the same status as that of its own physicians.

Under the arrangement, Dr Hirano and another doctor, whose name is protected by a court order, will be allowed to examine Charlie.

And they will have access to his medical records, and to the hospital facilities.

The parents have fought in court for permission to take the child to the United States for treatment.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital have argued that a new treatment won't help.

And they warned it could make the child suffer.

The infant is suffering from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease.

It has left him brain-damaged and unable to breathe unaided.

Dr Hirano's visit was organised during a court hearing last week, after he had testified that the treatment was worth a try.

Irish Independent

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