Charlie Gard: US doctor will travel to United Kingdom to assess ill infant

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Charlie Gard: US doctor will travel to United Kingdom to assess ill infant

Dr. Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at New York's Columbia University Medical Center and chief at the Division of Neuromuscular Disorders, will travel to London where the 11-month old boy is being held after the Family Division of Britain's High Court in London denied his parent's request to travel to the US for experimental medical treatment. Based on his existing knowledge of the case, Dr. Hirano told the court that he believed there was a "11% to 56% chance" that his therapy would improve the boy's condition. Dr. Hirano testified in court via videolink, that it is worth trying treatment that has only recently emerged.

The parents of a baby with a rare disease stormed out of a London court hearing on Thursday as the couple tried to convince a judge to let them take their critically ill child to the United States for medical treatment.

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in. "The US is the only country in the world that is not party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; it does not recognise that children have rights independent of their parents".

Both Pope Francis and Donald Trump spoke out on the Gards' behalf after the the case garnered worldwide attention several weeks ago.

They have new hope this morning after the High Court in Strand, London, was told by Dr Hirano on video link that in fact there is a small chance of improvement.

The doctor, Michio Hirano, whose name was revealed after a court order was lifted Friday, is a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center in NY.

On June 30, the day the Charlie's life support was initially scheduled to be disconnected, the Pope also used his Twitter account to send a clear pro-life message in the infant's favor: "To defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all". They raised more than $1 million for his care, and said they want to give Charlie every chance at life.

"A world where only parents speak and decide for children and where children have no separate identity or rights and no court to hear and protect them is far from the world in which GOSH treats its child patients", the hospital said.

Charlie's parents, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London. Francis said the measurement should resolve the debate over whether there has been any improvement in Charlie's condition and whether an experimental treatment may be able to help further.

Two hours into the High Court hearing, questions from Judge Nicholas Francis prompted tensions to boil over.

Mahoney said it was "very troubling" to see attorneys for the hospital "treating medical experts who wanted to offer Charlie help as if they were hostile witnesses in a murder trial".

The judge in the Charlie Gard case has ordered little boy's head to be measured to determine if there is any brain development.

"We are delighted that Charlie'smother, Connie, will be present at the meeting that Prof".

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