An American doctor will travel to the UK to examine Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby whose parents are fighting in court to keep alive.
The parents of Charlie Gard have raised more than $1.6 million to take their son to the United States for an experimental treatment. Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, has intended to turn off his life support as multiple courts have ruled that prolonging the baby’s life would only cause him greater pain.
But the hospital applied for a fresh hearing last week because of “new evidence relating to the potential treatment for his condition” presented by researchers at the Vatican’s children’s hospital and another medical facility outside of Britain.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates, Charlie’s parents, have been allowed to present new evidence to prove their son should receive experimental treatment. And Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University will be allowed to examine Charlie to determine if he would be eligible for such treatment.
Hirano’s research focuses on mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies. He has treated other people with similar conditions to that of Charlie’s.
High Court Judge Nicholas Francis said that he would be “open-minded about the evidence” Hirano will submit to him.
“There is not a person alive who would not want to save Charlie,” Francis has said. “If there is new evidence I will hear it.”