Death threats over Charlie Gard case

Charlie Gard in Great Ormond Street Hospital

Protesters who want critically ill British baby Charlie Gard to receive an experimental treatment held a rally and prayer vigil Sunday, and hospital officials said they have received death threats in the case.

Doctors and nurses have been subjected to abuse in the street and received thousands of threatening messages in recent weeks, the hospital's chairwoman Mary MacLeod said on Saturday.

'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.

"Our understanding is that any threats that had been made had died down".

"The family are doing everything they can to avoid any disruption".

"That's not how we expected the report to be read", Yates protested as she left the court in tears.

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

The hospital and Charlie's parents are in a legal battle to remove life support from the 11-month-old, who has a rare genetic disorder.

His parents have been battling in the courts for permission to take him to the United States for treatment, but Great Ormond Street says this would not help.

Charlie Gard's case is a heart-breaking one.

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

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.

The hospital is in close contact with the Metropolitan Police over the incidents, she added in a statement.

The hospital said police were called after families and staff were harassed. "There is no place for this abuse and it has to stop".

And despite their own feelings for the hospital administration that is facilitating the roadblocks between them and treatment for their son, Gard's parents have spoken up in defense of hospital staffers.

Court is schedule to resume early next week, but despite American lawmakers going so far as to grant the infant and his parents temporary us citizenship, it appears unlikely that the court will allow Charlie to be transported for treatment that has been ruled to have "no prospects of success" and which "would offer no benefit".

His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, want to fly him to the U.S. for experimental treatment.

He said the evidence must be new and relevant to the case.

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.

The treatment offered in the U.S.is so experimental that it has never even been tested on mice.

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