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US Doctor Meeting With Specialists Treating Charlie Gard

The parents of the critically ill infant have fought in court for permission to take the child to the United States for treatment

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    The parents of a terminally ill British baby said that their son "deserves a chance" to be taken to the US for an experimental treatment. The parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, hold out hope that the treatment could improve eleven-month-old Charlie’s condition but courts have been blocking the move. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports from London. (Published Monday, July 10, 2017)

    An American doctor specializing in treating rare genetic conditions is meeting with other specialists treating Charlie Gard, assessing the critically ill 11-month-old for the first time.

    Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University will talk with doctors from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the child's mother, Connie Yates, on Monday and Tuesday.

    The hospital gave Hirano an honorary contract, which gives him the same status as its own physicians. Under the arrangement, Hirano and another doctor, whose name is protected by court order, will be allowed to examine Charlie and have access to his medical records and hospital facilities.

    The parents have fought in court for permission to take the child to the United States for treatment. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital argue that a new treatment won't help and could make the child suffer.

    Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left him brain-damaged and unable to breathe unaided.

    Hirano's visit was organized during a court hearing last week after he testified the treatment was worth a try.