Charlie Gard: US doctor meets with UK specialists treating terminally ill boy

An American doctor who will determine whether Charlie Gard, an 11-month old boy with a rare genetic disorder, should be brought to the U.S for treatment met with the UK medical team treating him.

Dr. Michio Hirano attended a meeting with the doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Monday to go over Charlie’s medical records. He will also meet with the child’s mother, Connie Yates, on Monday and Tuesday.

The hospital gave Hirano, a doctor and professor at Columbia University Medical Center, 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.

Includes reporting by The Associated Press.

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