SICK BABY CHARLIE GRANTED US CITIZENSHIP TO ALLOW HIM RECEIVE TREATMENT BUT UK COURTS ARE YET TO ALLOW HIM LEAVE THE COUNTRY

Charlie Gard has been given US citizenship to allow him to receive treatment there, it has been reported.

Congress gave him citizenship, according to MailOnline, after an American doctor arrived in the UK to assess him at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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However, the decision over whether or not to allow him to leave the UK has yet to be made by British courts.

His parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard released a new picture of their son which they believe proves that he is not blind, despite what doctors say.

Charlie’s mother has met two international experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital to discuss the 11-month-old’s condition.

Charlie Gard 'given US citizenship so he can be treated in America'
Charlie Gard’s parents released this picture apparently showing him opening his eyes (Picture: Featureworld)

Charlie Gard 'given US citizenship so he can be treated in America'
Dr Michio Hirano arrived in the UK from the US to assess Charlie’s condition (Courtesy of Columbia University Medical Center via AP)

The meeting, which lasted more than five hours, was also attended by medics from the London hospital.

It came a day after Charlie was examined by Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at Columbia University in New York, who flew to the UK to see him.

His parents want a judge to rule that their son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial overseen by Dr Hirano in the US.

On Monday Dr Hirano was given full access to Charlie’s medical records and hospital and clinical facilities, including diagnostic images, for four and a half hours.

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

Specialists from the hospital say that treatment will not work, and the little boy’s life support should be turned off.

 

 

 

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Charlie Gards parent’s campaigning for Ormond Street doctors to allow their son travel to the states for experimental treatment

His parents, from Bedfont, west London, 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 hold further hearings later this month following this week’s meetings.

 

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