A New York doctor who testified in favor of treating Charlie Gard will travel to the U.K. next week to evaluate the 11-month-old. After he and other medical experts meet to discuss Charlie’s condition, Judge Nicholas Francis of the High Court in London will rule on Charlie’s fate by July 25.
Charlie has severe mitochondrial depletion syndrome and cannot move or breath on his own. On Thursday, Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University said recently-evaluated data suggests there is a better chance than previously thought Charlie could improve with nucleoside therapy.
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The hearing, which concluded Friday, is the latest in a months-long legal battle over Charlie’s life. Parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates have been fighting to take him to the U.S. for treatment. They raised over $1 million to do so. President Donald Trump, a New York Hospital, Pope Francis and the Vatican children’s hospital all offered to help Charlie.