Baby Charlie Gard given an 11-day stay of execution by a British judge

  Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old British baby who suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, an extremely debilitating and rare neurological disease, was given an 11-day stay of execution by a British judge on July 14.  That may be a sensational way of describing the situation facing the child and his parents, but in terms of the potential outcome, it is essentially accurate. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie is being kept alive and given only palliative care while his future is fought out in court, have said his condition is hopeless and he should be allowed to die – which is expected to happen as soon as life support in hospital is removed.  His parents want to take him to the United States, where treatment has been offered by Columbia University in a department that specializes in a range of neurological disorders including the one that Charlie has. Michio Hirano, M.D.   On July 14, it was...(Read Full Post)