Death threats over Charlie Gard case

Charlie Gard in hospital

Connie Yates and Chris Gard said they "do not and have not ever condoned any threatening or abusive remarks" towards staff members at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where their terminally ill son is being treated.

Charlie's parents then took the case to the Court of Appeal which was heard on May 23 with the court dismissing the appeal two days later.

Hirano says that Charlie's condition could be significantly improved by nucleoside bypass therapy but specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital said the therapy, which is being requested by the boy's parents, was experimental and would not help.

Great Ormond Street has been the focus of public hostility for their refusal to support the family in their efforts to carry out the treatment.

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.

That prompted an angry outburst from Charlie's father, Chris Gard, and prompted his mother, Connie Yates, to burst into tears.

"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 every day".

Charlie Gard's parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London
Charlie Gard’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London

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

Hospital chairwoman Mary MacLeod said the London police have been contacted because of numerous threats received by the hospital's employees.

'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.

She has condemned those who have carried out the abuse as the hospital, saying that though emotions over the case of baby Gard are running high it can be "no excuse" for attacking staff who devote their lives to ill children. Last week, an American doctor flew to London to evaluate Charlie Gard in the hopes of convincing the courts (if not his doctors) that the 11-month-old could potentially benefit from such treatment.

Mr Gard added: "We have always acted in Charlie's best interests and we have never slated gosh publicly, in fact we have been grateful to the staff for their care despite some conflicting issues".

The court is due to hold a hearing on Monday to consider the latest medical evidence.

Friday's hearing was the first time his parents were told about the latest results in the crucial test of Charlie's brain function.


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