Family of Charlie Gard condemn threats against judges and doctors
Jul 16 2017
The doctor, who specializes in neurological conditions such as the boy's mitochondrial depletion syndrome, said that it is worth trying new treatments, and will fly to London next week to assess the infant.
Speaking on behalf of "the entire family and their supporters", spokesman Alasdair Seton-Marsden said their attention had been drawn to "certain threats" against the judiciary, barristers representing Great Ormond Street, and against doctors and nurses at the hospital. "The US is the only country in the world that is not party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; it does not recognise that children have rights independent of their parents".
Various world figures have weighed in to support his parents, including the Pope and US President Donald Trump and his Vice President, Mike Pence.
Hirano, a doctor at Columbia University Medical Center in NY, has developed an experimental therapy that may be able to slow the progress of the condition.
Charlie will be examined early next week, in London, by Dr. Michio Hirano, a neurologist at New York's Columbia University Medical Center.
The doctor will determine whether Charlie is eligible for treatment.
"If they judge that a court and hospital officials can usurp parental rights and strip loving and caring parents of their right to make decisions for their child's future, their destiny, and their health, then we begin to unravel as a society and culture", he said. "Ultimately, decision about further treatment should be made by Charlie's parents in consultation with the doctors they choose, and not by any court". He's now on a ventilator from which Great Ormond Street Hospital officials want to remove him against his parents' wishes.
The Charlie Gard case has become a touchstone for those on the religious right in both Britain and the U.S., who are furious because they consider Charlie's right-to-life sacrosanct, and are also upset at the perceived interference of the state in parental choice.
But the judge said Charlie must not be transferred to the United States without the court's prior permission.
Specialists at Great Ormond Street say the therapy is experimental and will not help.
Mr Justice Francis has considered their claims at preliminary hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
Charlie Gard's parents are fighting to keep their baby alive. Officials at the hospital where the child is being held acknowledged, "Two global hospitals and their researchers have communicated to us as late as the last 24 hours that they have fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment". He characterised that as a "conservative estimate" of improvement in muscle strength.
Mahoney said it was "very troubling" to see attorneys for the hospital "treating medical experts who wanted to offer Charlie help as if they were hostile witnesses in a murder trial". The judge sought a compromise in which Yates could attend if a chair be appointed to lead the meeting, with Charlie's mother due to indicate her consent late on Friday.