dglobalnews.com Protesters rally ahead of Charlie Gard High Court ruling
Published: Mon, July 24, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Protesters rally ahead of Charlie Gard High Court ruling

Protesters rally ahead of Charlie Gard High Court ruling

Mr Justice Francis has considered the latest stage of the case at public hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Great Ormond Street Hospital says it was compelled to contact police amid concerns for the safety of staff following a tide of "shocking and disgraceful" hostility and disturbance both in the street and at the London medical facility.

So far, the courts have sided with Charlie's doctors, who say the treatment is a fruitless endeavor that has not been tested on someone with Charlie's specific condition and that it will only cause the baby more pain.

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.

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

Charlie's father, Chris Gard, yelled "Evil!" at Gollop as his mother, Connie Yates, began to cry.

Parents visiting their seriously unwell children have also been harassed, including on the grounds of the hospital itself, she said. As The Guardian reports, the Great Ormond Street Hospital has now received thousands of abusive messages from those opposed to removing Charlie Gard from life support. The United States Congress has even taken steps to grant Charlie residency in the U.S.in the hopes that it would facilitate him being moved for possible treatment.

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In a statement, the hospital said police had been called to investigate the "shocking" threats and "unacceptable" harassment of staff - which has included abuse in the street as well as online messages.

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.

The case has garnered worldwide attention and even drawn comment from President Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

The court has previously ruled in favour of the hospital and said 11-month-old Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity. We fully understand that there is intense public interest, and that emotions run high.

At a pre-court hearing on Friday, a lawyer for the hospital, Katie Gollop, said that the results of the child's latest brain scans make for "sad reading", the Associated Press reported.

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.

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