Charlie Gard has captivated people all over the world—from England to Italy to Idaho—with his parent’s battle to get him the chance to receive experimental treatment. Charlie has captivated some because they can’t bear to see the adorable 11-month-old die; others have watched the case with baited breath because what it says about parental rights and euthanasia.
Whatever your reason for following Charlie, a lot has happened in the case in the last few days. Here are the five things you need to know.
- Charlie is safe until July 25th reports LifeSite News. Rev. Patrick Mahoney, an American human rights activist, told the site, "It appears the judge will not issue a ruling until July 25, which is a significant victory for the family.” Connie Yates and Chris Gard invited Rev. Mahoney to England to aid them in their battle, and he’s been by their side in court.
- Charlie is going to be examined by an American neurologist, Dr. Michio Hirano. Dr. Hirano is a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York. He’s been a doctor for more than 30 years, and he has been named one of America’s Best Doctors, reports People. He’s also an elected member of the American Neurological Association and elected fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He specializes in myopathies like those affecting Charlie, and he has an especial interest in mitochondrial mutations like Charlie’s.
- There is an "11% to 56% chance of clinically meaningful improvement" in Charlie’s muscular function if he is allowed to receive the nucleoside treatment. Dr. Hirano told the court this on Thursday after looking at one of Charlie’s brain scan reports CNN.
- Dr. Hirano will see Charlie on Monday and Tuesday. He’s going to examine Charlie so that he can give a second opinion on brain function. He’s also going to with a specialist, Charlie’s current team, and a specialist from the Vatican hospital, reports ABC News.
- Charlie’s mom, Connie, is going to be present during Dr. Hirano’s examination of her child and the meetings. However, the hospital fought hard to ban her. Rev. Mahoney told LifeSite News that, in court on Friday, Charlie’s government-appointed guardian fought for the parents to be kept out of meetings early next week. Rev. Mahoney says, "I think it just brought to light the great challenge of the erosion of parental rights here… [The guardian was] "arguing in open court in the second highest court in Great Britain that Charlie’s parents should not be at [these meetings] Monday and Tuesday."
Keep Charlie in your prayers. Monday and Tuesday are crucial for him.