Consultant slams doctor's 'magic potion' treatment for Charlie Gard

Tabitha Dunn
July 18, 2017

Michio Hirano, M.D. of the Department of Neurology at Columbia University is now in London England to spend 2 days examining Charlie Gard with doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Hirano is a professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center and specializes in rare genetic conditions.

The new High Court hearing was requested after the Vatican's children's hospital and the U.S. hospital said a new experimental protocol might work for Charlie, whose parents have been trying to secure a move to the US.

Connie Yates is due to attend a meeting of specialists which has been organised as part of the latest stage of a court fight over whether Charlie should be given experimental treatment in America.

Hirano was invited to make the visit after offering an experimental gene therapy he believes has a 10% chance of improving muscle strength and bringing a "small but significant" improvement to Charlie's brain function.

Hirano will assess the situation Monday and Tuesday.

Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Centre in NY, is scheduled to examine Charlie for the first time before discussing his condition with Great Ormond Street doctors and other medical experts.

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His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, have raised $1.8 million to take him to the United States for experimental therapy but doctors at GOSH say further therapy would cause more suffering.

Charlie made global headlines earlier this month after President Donald Trump and Pope Francis commented on his case.

Charlie suffers from the rare incurable disease mitochondrial depletion syndrome.

The High Court has previously ruled that Charlie's life support should be removed to enable him to die with dignity.

Mr Justice Francis has considered the couple's latest claims at preliminary hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London over the last few days.

Bambino Gesu' Hospital chief Mariella Enoc said their researchers had put their treatment protocol for Charlie Gard at the disposal of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the London hospital was "thinking of trying to verify it".

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