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'Don't give up' New hope for Charlie Gard as mum speaks out over against-the-odds recovery

July 16, 2017 8:33 PM
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'Don't give up' New hope for Charlie Gard as mum speaks out over against-the-odds recovery

PARENTS of baby Charlie Gard have been urged not to lose hope after the mum of a terminally ill child told how she fought for her son's "miracle" recovery.

Gabrielle Ali – who refused to accept her poorly son's treatment should end – has told parents of the sick tot: "Charlie has a chance too."

Parents and supporters of brain-damaged Charlie – who was born with a rare genetic condition – now have fresh hope as an expert flying in from the US could potentially offer "more than half" a chance of benefitting the tot with new treatment.

Prof Michio Hirano – who graduated from Harvard College and is now based at Columbia University Medical Centre – has done stacks of research on mitochondrial diseases like the one Charlie was born with and is set to see the lad within days.

Posting to social media campaign page "Charlie's Army" on Facebook, Laura Gard shared how Prof Hirano believes there is a 56% chance of "meaningful improvement" of the lad's condition.

And now mother and NHS medical scientist Ms Ali – who says she went through "an almost identical situation" – has told how she "kept pushing" for her son's life support to stay on because she "thought the doctors were wrong."

Ms Ali – who will soon begin training to become a children's doctor – explained how 13-year-old Elijah can now communicate with his eyes even after once being declared clinically dead.

Back in 2014, Elijah's support was switched off – but he was still able to breathe and gradually recovered some movement.

At the time, GOSH backed down from going to the High Court to apply for withdrawal of Elijah's treatment after Ms Ali presented her own evidence.

Today, an A3-sized screen detects the brain damaged lad's eye movement to help him communicate with mum.


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