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Charlie Gard: US medical expert to meet Great Ormond Street doctors to discuss baby's condition

The meeting takes place a day after Professor Michio Hirano spent around four-and-a-half hours at the hospital

The American neurology expert who offered to carry out "pioneering" new treatment on terminally-ill Charlie Gard will meet medics from Great Ormond Street Hospital , with the baby's mother present.

The meeting takes place a day after Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, spent around four-and-a-half hours inside the hospital on Monday (July 17).

Dr Hirano arranged to fly to the UK after giving evidence at the High Court and will now discuss the 11-month-old's condition alongside another international expert and Charlie's mother, Connie Yates.

The New York neurology expert was given full access to Charlie's medical records and hospital and clinical facilities, including diagnostic images.

The identity of a second international expert is subject to media reporting restrictions.

Help save Charlie Gard's life(Image: Featureworld)

The meeting on Tuesday (July 18) is being attended by the team currently caring for Charlie, including a consultant paediatric intensivist, a consultant paediatric neurologist, a consultant in paediatric metabolic medicine, and a consultant neuroradiologist.

Charlie's mother was allowed to attend the expert meeting after a High Court decision to invite an independent chairman.

Dr Michio Hirano specialises in treating rare genetic conditions(Image: Columbia University Medical Cent)

Katie Gollop QC, lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital, told the court on Friday (July 14) that a clinical ethicist is willing to chair the meeting.

She said: “On that basis, GOSH would not object to Connie Gard’s presence.”

A structure agreed by all parties is in place for the meeting, with key questions agreed by all parties.

All doctors and researchers in the meeting are bound by patient confidentiality.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice again on Friday (July 14)(Image: PA)

Great Ormond Street said it would be for the court to decide next steps regarding Charlie.

Charlie's parents are fighting for the right to take the 11-month-old to the US for a therapy trial for his rare genetic condition, overseen by Dr Hirano.

Great Ormond Street Hospital specialists say that treatment will not work, and the little boy's life support should be turned off.

International experts will meet with Great Ormond Street Hospital doctors(Image: AP)

His parents, from Bedfont , have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

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

Mr Justice Francis has considered the couple's latest 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 this week's meetings.

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