Two worldwide experts to attend meeting in Charlie Gard case

Two international experts to attend meeting in Charlie Gard case

Two international experts to attend meeting in Charlie Gard case

The American doctor who has offered to treat Charlie Gard has attended a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital which will help decide if the 11-month-old goes to the USA for treatment.

Dr. Michio Hirano, professor of neurosurgery from the Columbia University Medical Center in NY, gave the terminally ill Charlie a brain scan on Monday to determine whether it's worthwhile to give the baby an experimental therapy in the United States.

The identity of a second worldwide expert is subject to media reporting restrictions.

However, the judge allowed Charlie's mother to attend the meeting after her lawyer argued she had carried out extensive research into her son's condition and was informed enough to contribute and listen to doctors' perspectives.

Mr Hirano, who has been given full access to Charlie Gard's medical records and an opportunity to examine the youngster, spent four and a half hours at GOSH on Monday.

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They included a consultant paediatric intensivist, a consultant paediatric neurologist, a consultant in paediatric metabolic medicine and a consultant neuroradiologist.

A structure agreed by all parties is in place for the meeting, with key questions agreed by all parties.

His parents want to take their son to the U.S. for an experimental therapy overseen by Dr Hirano, who examined Charlie on Monday.

Great Ormond Street said it would be for the court to decide next steps regarding Charlie.

It came amid a court battle over what is in the best interests for the 11-month-old, who suffers from the rare genetic condition mitochondrial disease.

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Great Ormond Street has given Dr Hirano an honorary contract, which the hospital said gives him the same status as its own physicians.

His parents, from Bedfont, west London, have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

The European Court of Human Rights started to analyze the case in late June after receiving a written application submitted by Charlie's parents.

He is due to hold further hearings later this month, following this week's meetings.

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