American specialist to examine terminally ill baby Charlie Gard next week

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             Charlie Gard's parents are fighting to keep their baby alive

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

He says he wants the message to get out "loud and clear" that perpetrators will be punished if they are caught.

Thanking those who donated, his mum said: "Charlie will die knowing that he was loved by thousands".

The identity of a United States doctor who has offered to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has been revealed.

He testified on Thursday, via VideoLink, that Charlie has a 10 percent chance of improving with experimental treatment available in the U.S. The judge ruled he could meet with Charlie's doctors.

Tensions have been high in the case, and medics at Great Ormond Street Hospital have faced threats.

Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have been in a bitter legal battle with the hospital to keep him alive.

So far, the courts and hospital have refused to allow them to transfer their son to another hospital for the treatment.

Lawyers for GOSH had initially argued that Charlie's parents should not attend the discussion.

He will fly into London and personally examine Charlie on June 17th and June 18th, after a request from High Court judge Mr Justice Francis, as there is some dispute between Professor Hirano and doctors at Great Ormond Street, who believe Charlie has suffered irreversible brain damage and should "die with dignity". The experts will try to reach agreement on whether there is a case to give the 11-month old baby experimental therapy. Charlie's mother, Connie Yates, accused Francis of misquoting her earlier statements about Charlie's quality of life. The couple yelled and walked out, but returned after a short break Thursday.

Francis said: "If I'm being told the measurements being taken by a world famous hospital are wrong I have to have more evidence than you telling me".

U.S. Congressman Steve King has said the "British courts should not be allowed to subject an innocent, eleven-month-old child to the equivalent of a death sentence when hope for a cure exists, and when his parents wish to pursue it at their own expense". "That will be the only consideration of the judge at the hearing".

Ms Yates said the size of the petition showed "there's a lot of people who agree with us and think what we're doing is right". "If he was we wouldn't be up here fighting".

Detail of the plan emerged on Friday during the latest round of a legal fight between Great Ormond Street bosses and Charlie's parents. Specialist doctors believe his life support systems should be turned off.

The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the High Court in London, Friday, July 14, 2017.

The parents hope it will help Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, to live longer.

"Great Ormond Street Hospital is giving the High Court the opportunity to objectively assess the claims of fresh evidence..."

"It is unacceptable that you have refused to follow the wishes of his parents and have instead made a decision to remove his life support, which will kill him".



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