American Doctor Traviling to the UK Named in Charlie Gard Case!

The American doctor who is traveling to the UK next week to treat critically-ill baby Charlie Gard has been named as Dr. Michio Hirano. According to ITN/ITV News, Mr. Judge Franicis who has been leading the UK High Courts hearing over the 11-month-old Charlie’s future Saturday (July 15th, 2017) “lifted an order which had previously barred UK media from identifying doctors involved in the case.” Mr. Justice Francis originally banned journalists from naming Dr. Hirano and where he was located shortly after Charlie’s case began earlier this year. But after some journalists said that naming him (Dr. Hirano) would be in the publics best interest and after Dr. Hirano gave his permission to be identified, Justice Francis then relented.


Dr. Michio Hirano, MDDr. Michio Hirano, Professor of Neurology at the Columbia University Medical Centre


Dr. Hirano is a Professor of Neurology at the Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, he is one of the doctors who first offered to give Charlie an experimental therapy trial for his rare genetic condition. Dr. Hirano will be flying to London is on his way to the UK to carry out an examination of Charlie in person on Monday, July 17th, 2017.

According to Health Grades, ” Dr. Hirano received his B.A. from Harvard College and M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), he did his neurology residency training and a post-doctoral fellowship in neuromuscular genetics under Drs. Salvatore DiMauro and Eric Schon. Currently, Dr. Hirano serves as Chief of the Neuromuscular Division, Co-Director of the CUMC Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic, and Director of the H. Houston Merritt Center for Muscular Dystrophy and Related Diseases. He evaluated patients with myopathies and other neuromuscular disorders.” Dr. Hirano has treated over 60 conditions:

  • All Headaches (inc. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (including Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chiari’s Deformity
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (including Pinched Nerve)
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polymyositis
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen’s Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects

The Gard family spokesman, Alasdair Seton-Marsden this weekend accused Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) doctors of trying “to block the parents…from attending a meeting about their own child”, and that “GOSH seem to want to exclude the parents at every stage.” But lawyers for GOSH had a sudden change of heart and “agreed that his mother could take part.” Marsden later responded to the news saying, “We are delighted that Charlie’mother, Connie, will be present at the meeting that Prof. Michio Hirano, the world’s leading expert on Charlie’s condition, will attend. The professor will be flying in from Columbia University Medical Centre, New York, for a meeting this Monday to see Charlie.This is excellent news.”

Keep reading the Miller News Service for updates on this story.

Sources: Health Grades; ITN/ITV News

© 2017 Miller News Service



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