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US doctor offering baby Charlie Gard treatment prepares for London examination

The 11-month-old suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

An American specialist who has offered to treat Charlie Gard is preparing to fly to London to examine the terminally-ill baby for the first time.

Michio Hirano is scheduled to visit Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where 11-month-old Charlie is being cared for, over two days next week.

Dr Hirano is due to arrive at the hospital on Monday and discuss Charlie’s condition with doctors treating the boy and with independent specialists.

Detail of the plan emerged on Friday during the latest round of a legal fight between Great Ormond Street bosses and Charlie’s parents.

Charlie Gard's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard outside court (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Chris Gard and Connie Yates want the judge to rule that their 11-month-old son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial overseen by Dr Hirano in New York.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street say the therapy is experimental and will not help.

They say life support treatment should stop.

Parents of Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, in Queen Square, London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Charlie’s parents, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

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

But the couple say there is new evidence and want Mr Justice Francis to carry out a fresh analysis of their case.

In April, the judge ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

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

He is due to stage further hearings later this month following next week’s gathering of specialists.


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