Doctors treating Charlie Gard get death threats

Posted July 24, 2017

Great Ormond Street hospital staff say they have suffered a "shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance" during legal battle with the terminally ill tot's parents.

Pro-lifers in this country and the U.S. have taken up the case of Charlie while his parents continue their High Court battle, where a judge has been hearing evidence about the potential of the experimental treatment.

The highest courts in the United Kingdom and Europe have sided with the medical professionals at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, repeatedly ruling that continuing treatment offers no benefit to little Charlie Gard. But the parents are still holding on hope that their child's life could still be improved by an experimental treatment in US.

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.

His parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard want to take the 11-month-old overseas for experimental treatment.

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"Great Ormond Street Hospital is in close contact with the Metropolitan Police and we will do everything possible to hold to account anybody who involved in this kind of deplorable behaviour".

"Families have been harassed and discomforted while visiting their children, and we have received complaints of unacceptable behaviour even within the hospital itself".

'Many of the messages are menacing, including death threats'. Staff have received abuse both in the street and on line. Hirano devised the experimental treatment that Charlie's parents want the infant to undergo.

Charlie's parents have, however, received support from Pope Francis, U.S. President Donald Trump and some members of the U.S. Congress.

Charlie's parents have lost all previous court cases, including one before the European Court of Human Rights, which were created to force the hospital to let them bring their son to the United States for an experimental treatment.

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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. We fully understand that there is intense public interest, and that emotions run high.

'Despite conflicting issues, we have always had the utmost respect for all the staff who work tirelessly at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the very hard jobs they do everyday.

Columbia University neurology professor Michio Hirano visited Charlie in London last Monday and Tuesday to examine him and meet with doctors from the hospital.

According to the association, Gollop told the judge Friday that doctors had produced a report on the newest scan and said, "it makes for sad reading".

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