Charlie Gard's parents consider options as legal battle continues

Vicki Mandell-King: Courts should prevail for Charlie Gard

Vicki Mandell-King: Courts should prevail for Charlie Gard

It comes after Great Ormond Street Hospital revealed that doctors, nurses, and patients' families were being harassed, abused, and sent death threats over the Charlie Gard case. I would urge Great Ormond Street to go public and explain what these threats are.

"However, in recent weeks the GOSH community has been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance".

CHARLIE Gard doctors claim they have been forced to call the cops after being "bombarded with death threats".

"We fully understand that there is intense public interest, and that emotions run high", she said in Saturday night's statement.

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The 11-month-old boy, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, is now the subject of an intense legal battle between his parents and medics over his treatment. The hospital says the treatment would cause suffering and would not help his situation, suggesting that life-support to the baby should stop.

Great Ormond Street Hospital lawyer Katie Gollop broke the bad news to Charlie's parents at a pre-court hearing Friday in London.

Charlie's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard have fought a high-profile legal battle against GOSH to have their son, who was born on 4 August 2016, flown to America to receive the highly experimental nucleoside treatment.

Keir Starmer, the constituency MP for the hospital, said: "The staff at the hospital work tirelessly and with total dedication".

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Staff have received abuse both in the street and online.

"We recognise the tireless advocacy of Charlie's loving parents and the natural sympathy people feel with his situation".

In a statement, she said numerous messages were menacing, including death threats, and that the hospital was in close contact with the police.

But the couple say there is new evidence and had asked Mr Justice Francis, who in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity, to change his mind.

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Charlie's mother spent this week meeting with doctors at the hospital and the American specialist, Michio Hirano, according to the Associated Press.

"Almost all the medical evidence in this case makes for sad reading", she said. The parents said at the hearing it was the first time they were being told about the latest results in the crucial test of Charlie's brain function.

Charlie's parents have accused hospital staff of overstating the severity of his condition and have frequently clashed with lawyers and the judge during a hearing at the High Court.

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