US Doctor Will Assess Charlie Gard

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(FOX News) – An American doctor will head to the UK to examine Charlie Gard, the 11-month old boy suffering from a rare genetic disorder, according to FOX News.

High Court Judge Nicholas Francis said Friday that he was “open-minded about the evidence” to come after the visit of Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University.

Hirano’s research focuses on mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies and he has treated others with conditions similar to Charlies.

On Thursday, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, Charlie’s parents, walked out of a British courtroom after arguing with the judge, but returned later in the day.

The family believes experimental treatment available in the U.S. and Italy for mitochondrial depletion syndrome has a 10 percent chance of improving his quality of life and reducing the brain damage the illness has already inflicted on the boy. CONTINUE