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The experimental treatment considered for baby Charlie Gard

The experimental treatment considered for baby Charlie Gard

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The U.S. doctor in London to examine Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old boy suffering from a critical illness that has damaged his brain and rendered him unable to breathe on his own, could recommend an experimental treatment -- one which may or may not improve his outcome. A U.K. judge extended invitations to Dr. Michio Hirano, chief of the division of Neuromuscular disorders and a professor of neurology at Columbia University in New York City, as well as a doctor from the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome who has not been named, after evidence on a new experimental treatment was presented in court last Thursday. The doctors were each given an "honorary contract" by the Great Ormond Street Hospital to examine the baby, use its facilities, review medical records and speak with his doctors and pa...
Charlie Gard case heads to UK court in light of new evidence

Charlie Gard case heads to UK court in light of new evidence

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A British court will assess new evidence in the case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard as his mother pleaded with judges to allow the terminally ill infant to receive experimental treatment. Great Ormond Street Hospital applied for the court hearing to be held Monday amid "new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition." The application came after both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump brought international attention to the case. Charlie's parents had previously lost several appeals to bring him to the U.S. for experimental treatment for his mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left the boy brain damaged. Courts have ruled that the treatment may cause suffering. Charlie's mother told Sky that she wants the judges to "listen," to experts who sa...
Charlie Gard case: Great Ormond Street in new court bid

Charlie Gard case: Great Ormond Street in new court bid

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Great Ormond Street Hospital has applied for a fresh hearing in the case of Charlie Gard following claims of "new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition".It comes after seven medical experts suggested unpublished data showed therapy could improve the 11-month-old's brain condition. Previously, the High Court said it was unlikely a US doctor offering to treat Charlie would be able to cure him.GOSH said it would "explore" the data.Charlie's case will be heard by Mr Justice Francis on Monday at 14:00 BST, according to a High Court listing.A hospital spokesman said: "Two international 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."We believe, in common with Charl...
Charlie Gard parents given more time to say goodbye to terminally ill son

Charlie Gard parents given more time to say goodbye to terminally ill son

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Charlie Gard's parents have been told they will be able to spend more time with their terminally ill baby.Chris Gard and Connie Yates had been expecting their 10-month-old's life support to be turned off on Friday.Great Ormond Street Hospital has since disclosed it is putting plans in place for Charlie's care to allow his family to spend more time with him.On Tuesday, Charlie's parents lost their final legal appeal to take him to the US for experimental treatment.Judges at the European Court of Human Rights concluded that further treatment would "continue to cause Charlie significant harm", in line with advice from specialists at Great Ormond Street.He has a rare genetic disease as well as brain damage and is believed to be one of 16 children in the world to have the condition; mitochondri...
Charlie Gard: Mum shares photo of son with eyes open

Charlie Gard: Mum shares photo of son with eyes open

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The mother of Charlie Gard has shared a photo of her son with his eyes open as she waits to find out if his life-support will be switched off.Connie Yates posted the image on Facebook with the message "a picture speaks a thousand words".Specialists in London say the 10-month old should be moved to palliative care but his parents want to take him to the US to undergo a trial treatment.The European Court of Human Rights is currently considering the case.Judges in Strasbourg, France, ruled that Charlie should receive treatment until Tuesday while they look at paperwork in the case.Ms Yates and her partner Chris Gard launched the final legal challenge at the European court after their appeal to the Supreme Court failed.Charlie has been in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital since Oc...