Hearing in Charlie Gard case set to resume

Therapy plea Charlie Gard’s parents

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.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates want the judge to rule that their 11-month-old son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial overseen by Dr Hirano in NY. Judge Francis said he is "open-minded about the evidence" from Hirano's examination.

An American doctor testifying in the case of a British couple seeking the right to take their critically ill infant to the United States for treatment said Thursday it was worth trying an experimental therapy that has only recently emerged. Officials at the hospital where the child is being held acknowledged, "Two worldwide hospitals and their researchers have communicated to us as late as the last 24 hours that they have fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment".

Hi parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, said they know the chance of the experimental treatment working is slim, but they want to try anyway for Charlie's sake.

The courts have been relucant to allow Charlie to go because judges so far have concluded that this would only prolong his suffering and there is no realistic chance of him getting better.

The UK High Court agreed to rehear Gard's case when two worldwide hospitals came forward with new evidence supporting the idea that nucleoside bypass therapy would not simply prolong Gard's life, but actually help him.

Judge Francis granted Charlie's parents to be present for the discussions on Friday, CNN reported - an allowance not normally permitted, but one that Gard and Yates fought hard for in court.

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He told the judge that he had never seen or examined Charlie.

"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 Gard has been cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London.

Family spokesman Alasdair Seton-Marsden said at the end of yesterday's hearing: 'We hope that the judge and the courts will finally rule in favour of us seeking treatment elsewhere. "What I can't do ... is reopen issues that already have been dealt with, not only be me, but by the Court of Appeal".

The court heard Ms. Yates had measured his head on Thursday morning and there was a 2cm difference with the hospital's own measurements.

Montgomery said that while it was right to consider the views of Charlie's parents, the court will not make a determination on this basis. It is absurd that the science of this case is being infected by the inability to measure a child's skull.

Encouraging the courts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to allow Charles William Gard and Constance Rhoda Keely Yates to pursue innovative medical care for their son.

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