What comes next in the case of critically ill baby Charlie Gard?

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A US doctor offering to treat Charlie Gard will be allowed to examine the child and present evidence on his behalf, according to the judge presiding over the case.

Mr Justice Francis on Friday said Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Centre in NY, could be named in media reports.

The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the High Court in London, Friday, July 14, 2017.

The UK High Court agreed to rehear Gard's case when two global hospitals came forward with new evidence supporting the idea that nucleoside bypass therapy would not simply prolong Gard's life, but actually help him.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital have fought the parents' bid for treatment because they don't think it will help and may cause him pain.

Mr Justice Francis made an order barring journalists from naming Dr Hirano or saying where he was based shortly after litigation began earlier this year.

The judge said he was only allowing the identification of Hirano because his name has been linked to Charlie's in the U.S. media.

Hirano's name appeared in public only on Friday, as a court order had previously blocked its mention.

Charlie Gard's parents disagree with Britain's most famous children's hospital on how best to care for the 11-month-old with a rare genetic condition and the High Court was tasked with making a decision.

Great Ormond Street Hospital argues experimental treatment in America won't help and may cause suffering for Charlie.

The parents of the terminally-ill British baby Charlie Gard have returned to London's High Court to continue a hearing over whether they are allowed to take their son to the US for medical treatment.

That decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. The hospital says Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

Mr Justice Francis is expected to rule on 25 July on whether Gard will be able to travel to the U.S. for the treatment.

He is due to stage further hearings later this month following next week's gathering of specialists.

Dr Hirano gave evidence, via a link from NY, on Thursday.

The judge said he wanted to hear what Dr Hirano believed had changed since he gave his ruling in April.

Dr Hirano said he has clinical data which was not available in April and he still believes the therapy is "worth trying".

The doctor had given evidence at yesterday's hearing and claimed the treatment could offer "significant" improvement to the stricken tot.

The parents' barrister Grant Armstrong told the judge today that the tot's head still hadn't been measured, as he explained there was some suggestion of "imaging" of Charlie's head being done.

Mr Justice Francis suggested that a visit to Great Ormond Street and discussions with specialists treating Charlie would be a good idea.

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