American Doctor Offering to Treat Charlie Gard Arrives in the UK


Doctor Michio Hirano says the treatment for little Charlie Gard has an 11 to 56 percent chance of being successful, and thinks he can improve his muscle development.

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.

In that statement, the hospital said: "It has been and remains the unanimous view of all those caring for charlie at Great Ormond Street that withdrawal of ventilation and palliative care are all that the hospital can offer him consistent with his welfare". Hirano presented his expert opinion to the U.K. High Court July 13.

The Daily Mail reported that Hirano and the Vatican doctor examined Charlie for five hours.

The legal battle over Charlie's right to live has sparked huge controversy all over the globe.with protesters in London demanding the British courts allow Charlie's parents to decide their baby's fate, not the government's health care system.

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

Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Gard is on life support, maintain that Gard's condition can not be improved and insist that he be denied Hirano's treatment and taken off life support.

Ms Yates and Chris Gard have been fighting a legal battle since Great Ormond Street doctors said the therapy would not help and that life-support treatment for the child should stop. United Kingdom courts and the European Court of Human Rights initially supported hospital officials.

"Not only that, but they said it would be futile and would prolong Charlie's suffering", the hospital's statement added.

Hirano's visit was organized during a court hearing last week after he testified the treatment was worth a try.