Charlie Gard’s parents exploded with frustration in the High Court today after Great Ormond Street said they should be excluded from a make-or-break meeting with his doctors.
According to dailymail.co.uk:
Dr Michio Hirano, the US doctor who wants to save him, has agreed to fly to the UK and examine the baby on Monday – and will then meet his British medics to discuss whether he is brain damaged on Tuesday.
But Katie Gollop QC said Great Ormond Street thought it would be better if Charlie’s parents were excluded because clinicians may not be able to ‘speak freely’ with them there.
Charlie’s father Chris Gard then shouted out ‘he’s our son’ and Connie Yates started to shake her head angrily.
Their legal team then argued Miss Yates knows as much as the experts on Charlie’s condition and Mr Justice Francis agreed she should attend Tuesday’s meeting.
However, after further discussions this afternoon the High Court agreed that Charlie’s mother could attend the meeting with medical experts discussing her son’s condition – as long as she understood she would need to remain quiet for parts of it.
And the parents’ lawyer was accused of putting a ‘spanner in the works’ after objecting that a social worker should chair the meeting.
The judge also revealed he would then make a final decision on the 11-month-old’s fate on Tuesday July 25 after hearing Dr Hirano’s views on Charlie’s condition and what happened at the meeting.
Dr Hirano, who is a world expert on the nucleoside treatment being denied to Charlie, is from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York and will arrive in London over the weekend.
Yesterday Mr Justice Francis handed the family an extraordinary lifeline after inviting him to Great Ormond Street.
But the hospital revealed today that Charlie’s medical team first invited Dr Hirano to see him in January but he has not taken up their offer.
Great Ormond Street’s QC Katie Gollop also said it might be better is Charlie’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates are excluded from Dr Hirano’s meeting with clinicians on Monday because they may not be able to ‘speak freely’ with them there.
The 11-month-old suffers from a rare genetic condition but his parents say claims by his doctors that he is irreparably brain damaged are false.
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