A doctor promising to provide treatment to Charlie Gard has said he can help treat the baby’s condition after examining him in hospital. Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center, flew to London for the crucial visit at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
He met with Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, and also examined the 11-month-old who remains on life support in the children’s ward. The American doctor has waded into the saga as a last-ditch attempt to save the little boy’s life. So far three UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have all backed the hospital’s opinion that his life support should be switched off.
His parents are desperately fighting a legal battle to allow him to be taken to the US for experimental treatment. Dr Hirano claims the therapy he is developing could improve the baby’s condition, and says there is between an 11 and 56 per cent chance it would help him. His parents, who have battled the courts every step of the way, previously said: “We are utterly heartbroken, spending our last precious hours with our baby boy.”