Charlie Gard Hospital Says Staff Have Received Death Threats

Dad yells 'evil' as lawyer reveals Charlie Gard's latest scan makes 'sad reading'

The now-11-month-old baby has spent much of his life in the hospital, and with a diagnosis of mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) - Charlie's home for the last nine months - received permission to discontinue life support.

Today Mary MacLeod, Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital, said police after now involved after thousands of menacing messages were sent to staff.

Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, is now the subject of an intense legal battle over his treatment.

In a statement released this afternoon, Chris Gard and Connie Yates said they were "just ordinary parents with a very sick baby".

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

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Mr. Justice Francis of the family division of the High Court in London is scheduled to review all of the latest evidence in the Charlie Gard case on Monday.

The hospital also said that other parents and family members visiting sick children in the hospital have also been affected by the intimidation.

Ms MacLeod said: 'In recent weeks the hospital community has been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance.

The hospital said police were called after families and staff were harassed.

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. His parents want to take him to the U.S. for pioneering treatment.

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'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.

But Charlie's parents have garnered support from President Trump, Pope Francis and US lawmakers.

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

American specialist, Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Centre in NY, travelled to London this week to examine Charlie for the first time and discuss the case with Great Ormond Street doctors.

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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