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

Dr Hirano is one of America's top doctors

Dr Hirano is one of America's top doctors

An American professor who has offered to treat Charlie Gard is due to examine him next week.

Connie and Chris, from west London, hope the new information will convince Mr Justice Francis to let them take Charlie to America.

Hirano's research focuses on mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies and he has treated others with conditions similar to Charlies.

Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center in NY, is scheduled to visit Great Ormond Street Hospital, on July 17 and 18, to discuss the case with the specialists treating Charlie.

The London hospital, revered as one of the world's best children's hospitals, has argued Charlie, who can neither see, nor hear, move, swallow or even breathe without the help of life support, should be removed from his ventilator and allowed to die with his dignity.

Charlie has a rare genetic condition
Image Charlie has a rare genetic condition

Dr Hirano gave evidence, via a link from NY, on Thursday.

Dr Hirano said he has clinical data which was not available in April and he still believes the therapy is "worth trying".

New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center have both announced they would be willing to take in Charlie - though they said a few conditions need to be met. Charlie needs to be transferred safely, "legal hurdles" cleared and it needs to "receive emergency approval from the FDA for an experimental treatment as appropriate".

The case attracted global attention after President Donald Trump and Pope Francis weighed in last week.

The case will go on into next week.

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