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American Doctor Meets with Charlie Gard's Medical Team


A doctor from the United States, who believes experimental treatment could help save the life of Charlie Gard, visited the medical team treating the 11-month-old boy in London on Monday.

Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, want to send their son to the U.S. for treatment of a rare genetic disorder that causes muscle deterioration and brain damage. But they have suffered a series of setbacks in court.

Every ruling has been in favor of Charlie's specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital. They want to discontinue the infant's life support because they believe treatment will not work.

In a statement posted on its website, the hospital also said Charlie has "no real prospect of any quality of life."

Dr. Michio Hirano, a neurologist from Columbia University Medical Center, flew to London for meetings with Charlie's medical team per the judge's order.

The court proceedings will resume later this month after the American and British doctors confer about the case.


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