Medicine

Police probe death threats against London hospital staff

Police probe death threats against London hospital staff

Staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London have been bombarded with death threats over the case of terminally-ill Charlie Gard.

But the case was reopened earlier this month at England's High Court after two overseas hospitals approached GOSH with possible evidence of alternative treatments that might help Charlie's condition.

Staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in central London are said to have received thousands of abusive messages from supporters of Gard's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, who are contesting the hospital's decision to remove the infant's life support. But the parents are still holding on hope that their child's life could still be improved by an experimental treatment in US.

Eleven-month-old Charlie has an extremely rare genetic disorder, mitochondrial depletion syndrome, that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard are hoping to stop the hospital from turning off their son's life support so that they can pursue experimental treatments in the USA for his rare form of a mitochondrial disease.

"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".

Guests at the hospital have also been harassed and discomforted while visiting their children, MacLeod said.

Previous courts, including the European Court of Human Rights, have sided with Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated.

Trump tweeted his support for the 11-month old baby earlier this month, writing: "If we can help little #CharlieGard as per our friends in the United Kingdom and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so".

MacLeod said Charlie's case was a "heart-breaking one". "We fully understand that there is intense public interest, and that emotions run high", she added.

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. Many of these messages are menacing, including death threats.

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

Ms Yates said: "We do not, and have not ever, condoned any threatening or abusive remarks towards any staff member at GOSH".

According to the association, Gollop told the judge Friday that doctors had produced a report on the newest scan and said, "it makes for sad reading".


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