Published: Mon, July 24, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Charlie Gard: Parents face 'backlash' over hospital threats

Charlie Gard: Parents face 'backlash' over hospital threats

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.

The most recent scans of Charlie's brain, which were presented as "sad reading" in a pre-court hearing before his parents were even apprised of the results, caused another courtroom outburst from Gard: "I'm not f*****g listening to this biased s**t anymore".

Specialists at Great Ormond Street say the therapy is experimental and will not help.

A British court is expected to decide next week whether baby Charlie can be taken to the U.S. for treatment after other British and European courts said the infant's life support should be ended so that he can die with dignity.

Charlie has a rare genetic condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

Charlie's parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates are campaigning for their son to be allowed to undergo a therapy trial overseen by a specialist in NY.

"The GOSH community has been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance".

Parents visiting their seriously unwell children have also been harassed, including on the grounds of the hospital itself, she said.

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

In a statement, Mr Gard said: "Without the excellent care of the doctors at GOSH [Great Ormond Street Hospital] our son would not even be alive and not a day goes by when we don't remember that".

The court is expected to rule next week whether or not 11-month old Charlie can be taken to the United States for experimental treatment.

The Gards, whose case is being followed by US President Donald Trump, were last week granted legal and permanent residence by the US Congress in order to pursue the experimental treatment.

British and European courts have so far backed the doctors' position, ruling that transferring Charlie to the USA would prolong suffering without a realistic prospect of success.

Mary MacLeod, chairman of the hospital, said in a statement: "Charlie Gard's case is a heart-breaking one. We fully understand that there is intense public interest, and that emotions run high", she added.

On Monday and Tuesday, Dr. Michio Hirano, a neurologist from New York's Columbia University Medical Center, met with doctors caring for Charlie and other experts and evaluated the boy in London.

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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