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Charlie Gard's mother thanks medics who flew to UK for crunch talks over saving baby

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 18/07/2017 Joanthan Mitchell

The mother of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard has thanked two international experts who flew to London to discuss saving the 11-month-old.

Connie Yates met with the two experts and medics at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, in a meeting that lasted more than five hours on Tuesday.

It comes a day after Charlie, who has a rare genetic condition and brain damage, was examined by Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at Columbia University in New York, who flew to the UK to see him.

Parents Chris Gard and Ms Yates are battling so that their son can be allowed to undergo a therapy trial overseen by Dr Hirano in the United States.

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The parents of Charlie Gard have been fighting to take their son to the US for potentially life-saving treatment

Ms Yates told the Daily Mail: “Chris and I are so grateful to Dr Hirano and the other clinicians for coming to see Charlie.

“Our gorgeous baby boy is still stable. We are at his bedside and feel satisfied he is not suffering or in any pain.

"As Charlie's loving parents we are doing the right thing for our son in exploring all treatment options."

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Doctors have said Charlie Gard's life support machine should be turned off (PA)

Dr Hirano, who has claimed an experimental drug could potentially save Charlie, attended Tuesday's meeting with a second international expert who cannot be named due to reporting restrictions.

They were joined at the meeting by the Great Ormond Street team currently caring for Charlie, his mother and an independent chairman, a hospital spokesman said.

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.

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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