Charlie Gard: International medical experts meet Great Ormond Street Hospital specialists and Charlie Gard's mother for crunch talks

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Two international experts will rush to talks today with doctors from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the mother of 11-month-old Charlie Gard to discuss the terminally ill baby’s condition.

The meeting was brokered after Michio Hirano, professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, spent about four-and-a-half hours at the hospital on Monday.

He was given full access to the critically ill baby’s medical records including diagnostic images, and the opportunity to examine the child.

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


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The Tuesday meeting will be attended by baby Charlie’s care team, including a consultant paediatric intensivist, a consultant paediatric neurologist, a consultant in paediatric metabolic medicine, and a consultant neuroradiologist.

The boy’s mother, Connie Yates, will also attend alongside an independent chairman.

A structure for the meeting as well as key questions have been agreed by all parties.

The hospital said it would be for the court to decide next steps in the case, which has gripped the nation as Ms Yates battles for the right to take the 11-month-old to the US for a therapy trial for his rare genetic condition, overseen by Dr Hirano.


Charlie Gard with his parents

Great Ormond Street specialists contend that the treatment will not work, and that the boy’s life support should be turned off.

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

They also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.

Mr Justice Francis has considered the couple’s latest claims at preliminary hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

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

Additional reporting by Press Association

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