Char­lie Gard hos­pi­tal re­ports threats

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

LON­DON — Protesters who want crit­i­cally ill Bri­tish baby Char­lie Gard to re­ceive an ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment are plan­ning a rally and prayer vigil and hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials say they have re­ceived death threats in the case.

Ac­tivists sup­port­ing Gard’s par­ents will gather out­side the High Court in Lon­don, where le­gal pro­ceed­ings will re­sume on Mon­day with new med­i­cal ev­i­dence ex­pected.

Gard’s par­ents are fight­ing to get more med­i­cal care but Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials say the ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment won’t work and will just cause the 11-month-old more suf­fer­ing. They ar­gue his life sup­port should be turned off.

Hos­pi­tal Chair­woman Mary Ma­cLeod said doc­tors and nurses have been sub­jected to abuse.

“Staff have re­ceived abuse both in the street and on­line,” she said. “Thou­sands of abu­sive mes­sages have been sent to doc­tors and nurses whose life’s work is to care for sick chil­dren. Many of these mes­sages are men­ac­ing, in­clud­ing death threats.”

At a pre-court hear­ing on Fri­day, Char­lie’s par­ents were told by a hos­pi­tal lawyer that the re­sults of their son’s lat­est brain scans make for “sad read­ing”.

The hos­pi­tal be­lieves that 11-month-old Char­lie has suf- fered ir­re­versible brain dam­age that treat­ment can­not re­pair. His par­ents dis­agree. Ear­lier this week, Char­lie un­der­went brain scans in an at­tempt to de­ter­mine whether his brain dam­age is ir­re­versible.

The re­sults of the scans were not made pub­lic.

The pre-hear­ing on Fri­day was the lat­est step in his par­ents’ long le­gal bat­tle to give Char­lie, who suf­fers from mi­to­chon­drial de­ple­tion syn­drome and can­not breathe un­aided, ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment in the United States.

They be­lieve the treat­ment, which has never been tested on a hu­man with Char­lie’s ex­act con­di­tion, could re­store his mus­cu­lar and brain func­tions.

It’s not clear how much longer Char­lie can live with­out the treat­ment.

Pre­vi­ous courts, in­clud­ing the Eu­ro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights, have sided with the hos­pi­tal, where Char­lie is be­ing treated.

Staff have re­ceived abuse both in the street and on­line. Many of these mes­sages are men­ac­ing, in­clud­ing death threats.” Mary Ma­cLeod, Chair­woman of Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal

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