Terminally Ill UK Baby Charlie Gard Gets First Brain Scan by US Doctor — Parents Get a Big Update

Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby fighting for his life in the U.K., received his first brain scan with a neurologist from the U.S., who also reportedly examined the infant for six hours.

Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, are currently fighting a decision from a European court that their son should be removed from life support. Charlie suffers a rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

Family of Charlie Gard

Dr. Michio Hirano, a specialist based in New York, flew to London to examine the child and reportedly made a big determination, according to Fox News:

Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University Medical Center, who specializes in rare genetic diseases, arrived in London and will discuss Charlie’s condition with doctors treating him and independent specialists. […]

Hirano, believes that the chance of treatment being successful are between 11 to 56 percent and he hopes to improve muscular strength.

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A spokesman for the Gard family, Alasdair Seton-Marsden, said the experimental treatment gives Charlie a small but significant chance of improvement.

The family spokesperson also issued the following statement:

“Today, Charlie’s case has moved from the chances of this ground-breaking therapy working from being as close to zero, as to make no difference to, according to the expert evidence that’s been heard in court, to a small but significant chance.”

In light of Dr. Hirano’s visit, a source close to Charlie’s family said they “remain optimistic” about treatment. London doctors have claimed the baby’s condition is untreatable.

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The U.K. high court will now listen to the American doctor’s expert opinion and decide whether Charlie will be permitted to be taken to the U.S. for future treatment.

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