The Miller News Service has learned that Dr. Michio Hirano the Amerian doctor who was flown into the UK last weekend to look at 11-month-old Charlie Gard has now flown back to New York late Tuesday(July 18th, 2017) night.(See Story American Doctor Traviling to the UK Named in Charlie Card Case!) According to the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK, “Dr. Hirano and an expert from the Pope’s hospital in Rome failed to persuade” Great Ormond Street Doctors(GOSH). Sources say they (Dr. Hirano/Expert) “spent five and a half hours trying to talk round Charlie’s doctors.”
Connie Yates, Charlie’s mother revealed to the UK press Tuesday that Charlie “was set to undergo more tests.” Charlie already had undergone tests on Sunday, his first since April; he had an MRI scan and an electroencephalogram (EEG) to monitor brain activity for more than 30 minutes. Charlie’s parents said, “an electroencephalogram (EEG) should be carried out for no longer than 30 minutes.” Doctors at GOSH, however, want the EGG to “be carried out for at least four hours in order to generate useful data.”
Meanwhile back here in the states United States Congress Tuesday gave legal and permanent residence to Charlie Gard to get treated. Jeff Fortenberry, the Republican U.S. Representative for Nebraska, tweeted: ‘We just passed amendment that grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs.’
But Justice Francis “made it clear it would be illegal for Charlie to travel to America without his permission,” and “if the hospital did change its mind to allow the baby to go, he would be ‘bound to agree’.”
Mr. Justice Francis is due to reading a transcript of the meeting before the next hearing, likely to be this Friday with a verdict set to come on Monday or Tuesday of next week.