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American doctor will examine Charlie Gard

American doctor will examine Charlie Gard

However, the hospital applied last week for a new hearing after doctors from two worldwide hospitals approached Great Ormond Street Hospital offering evidence about the possibility of treating the infant.

"If they judge that a court and hospital officials can usurp parental rights and strip loving and caring parents of their right to make decisions for their child's future, their destiny, and their health, then we begin to unravel as a society and culture", he said. They had raised more than $1 million to cover the costs of travel and medical expenses.

The courts have been relucant to allow Charlie to go because judges so far have concluded that this would only prolong his suffering and there is no realistic chance of him getting better.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital told the court their position remains unchanged, that every medical treatment option had already been explored, and that any experimental treatment would be unjustified.

Hospital staff have received abuse and threats. "The U.S.A.is the only country in the world that is not party to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child; it does not recognize that children have rights independent of their parents".

Dr Hirano gave evidence, via a link from NY, on Thursday.

Chris Gard and partner Connie Yates have been in court to hear new expert evidence in their battle to continue Charlie's treatment.

The doctor estimated there could be a 10% chance of improvement in Charlie's muscle strength and a "small but significant" improvement in brain function.

In recent weeks, Charlie's case has drawn worldwide attention due to the various legal battles that his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have fought in an attempt to save their son's life. "If he was we wouldn't be up here fighting".

Evangelist Franklin Graham wrote on his Facebook page: 'As a parent and a grandparent, this is so alarming.

Though, incredibly, the parents' attendance would not typically be allowed, Justice Francis gave permission for Yates to attend, observing, "It may be unconventional, but this case is full of unconventional aspects". The hospital says Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

'Days and days have passed that he could've been being treated here in America - this is a tragedy. The hospital's attorney, Katie Gollop, wrote that while the institution understands that Charlie's parents believe they alone have the right to decide the treatment for their son, the hospital is bound by different principles. This is one of the dangers of socialized medicine. It would be in Charlie's best interest to be removed from life support, the court said. Francis said the measurement should resolve the debate over whether there has been any improvement in Charlie's condition and whether an experimental treatment may be able to help further. AUL's president, lawyer Catherine Glenn Foster, has flown to the United Kingdom and is in court, live tweeting the proceedings.

Mr Justice Francis has considered their claims at preliminary hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London.


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