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Hearing in Charlie Gard case set to resume

Hearing in Charlie Gard case set to resume

At London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, a significant turn of events has transpired for 11-month-old Charlie Gard and his parents, as a US physician will be allowed to examine and assess the child for possible treatment of his rare genetic disorder Mitocondrial Depletion Syndrome.

While officials with Great Ormond Street Hospital - where Charlie has been since October - remain unwavering in their opinion that every medical treatment option had already been explored for the young boy and that any experimental treatment would be unjustified, Hirano has treated others with conditions similar to Charlie's - and believes there is still hope.

Hirano told Judge Francis on Thursday that Charlie's MRI scan did not indicate structural damage to the brain, CNN reported, and that there was an "11% to 56% chance of clinically meaningful improvement" in muscular function with the proposed treatment.

He said he would make a final ruling on the case on July 25, after hearing evidence about the outcome of the July 17 meeting between Dr. Hirano and the GOSH doctors.

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in. Charlie's parents today condemned this and urged those making the threats to stop.

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

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

Michio Hirano, MD, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center, will travel to London to examine the 11-month-old Charlie, who has mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a progressive and fatal disease that causes muscle weakness and loss of motor skills.

According to The Sun, seven specialist doctors, including one in the United Kingdom, have recommended Charlie receive this treatment as a result.

In addition to evaluating Charlie next week, Hirano will meet with doctors and others who have been caring for him. Little Charlie Gard's parents deserve the right to bring him to the United States to try to find treatment for him - that shouldn't even have to be discussed!

U.S. Congressman Steve King has said the "British courts should not be allowed to subject an innocent, eleven-month-old child to the equivalent of a death sentence when hope for a cure exists, and when his parents wish to pursue it at their own expense".

Charlie Gard has been cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London. He's now on a ventilator from which Great Ormond Street Hospital officials want to remove him against his parents' wishes.

A meeting of clinical experts will be held at the hospital early next week, when they will be asked a series of questions about Charlie Gard's condition. The courts ordered that Gard received no further treatment and that his life support be shut off.

The judge in the Charlie Gard case has ordered little boy's head to be measured to determine if there is any brain development. Charlie's mom, Connie Yates, fought for and won the right to attend these meetings and to be present during Charlie's examination.

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