US doc­tor vis­its Great Ormond Street Hospi­tal to ex­am­ine Char­lie Gard

Neu­ro­sur­geon from New York given hon­orary con­tract

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The Amer­i­can doc­tor who has of­fered to treat Char­lie Gard has at­tended a meet­ing at Great Ormond Street Hospi­tal to help de­cide whether the 11-month-old will go to the US for treat­ment.

Mi­chio Hi­rano, a pro­fes­sor of neu­rol­ogy at the Columbia Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­tre in New York, spent around four and a half hours in­side the Lon­don hospi­tal yes­ter­day.

Great Ormond Street said there was an hon­orary con­tract in place, mean­ing that for the du­ra­tion of the visit Dr Hi­rano had the same rights as one of the hospi­tal’s own clin­i­cians.

He was also given full ac­cess to Char­lie’s med­i­cal records, and hospi­tal and clin­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing di­ag­nos­tic images. Dr Hi­rano was also given an op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine Char­lie, ac­cord­ing to the hospi­tal.

Meet­ings be­tween the Amer­i­can neu­ro­sur­geon and other med­i­cal ex­perts are due to con­tinue to­day.

A judge has pre­vi­ously ruled that Char­lie’s mother, Con­nie Yates, can be present for the meet­ings with Dr Hi­rano.

Char­lie’s par­ents are fight­ing for the right to take the 11-month-old to the US for a ther­apy trial for his rare ge­netic con­di­tion, over­seen by Dr Hi­rano.

Great Ormond Street Hospi­tal spe­cial­ists say that treat­ment will not work, and that the lit­tle boy’s life sup­port should be turned off.

His par­ents have al­ready lost bat­tles in the High Court, Court of Ap­peal and Supreme Court. They also failed to per­suade Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights judges to in­ter­vene.

Mr Jus­tice Fran­cis has con­sid­ered the cou­ple’s lat­est claims at pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings in the Fam­ily Di­vi­sion of the High Court in Lon­don over the last few days. He is due to stage fur­ther hear­ings later this month fol­low­ing this week’s spe­cial­ist gath­er­ing.

Last week Great Ormond Street is­sued a state­ment which said it re­mained the unan­i­mous view of its doc­tors that with­drawal of ven­ti­la­tion and pal­lia­tive care were all the hospi­tal could of­fer Char­lie.

It said they were of the view that Char­lie had “no qual­ity of life and no real prospect of any qual­ity of life”.

Chris Gard and Con­nie Yates with son Char­lie.

Dr Hi­rano will help de­cide whether baby Char­lie will go to the US for treat­ment.

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