Protesters rally for ill baby in Lon­don

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON — Protesters who want crit­i­cally ill Bri­tish baby Char­lie Gard to re­ceive an ex­per­i­men­tal med­i­cal treat­ment ral­lied Sun­day, while hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials say emo­tions are run­ning so high in the case they have re­ceived death threats.

A small group of about 20 ac­tivists sup­port­ing Gard’s par­ents, in­clud­ing some from the United States, gath­ered Sun­day af­ter­noon out­side the High Court in Lon­don where le­gal pro­ceed­ings will re­sume to­day with new med­i­cal ev­i­dence ex­pected.

Char­lie has a rare ge­netic con­di­tion and suf­fers from brain dam­age. His case, which pits his par­ents’ wishes in con­flict with the views of doc­tors treat­ing him, has gen­er­ated in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion.

His par­ents are fight­ing to get him 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 that his life sup­port should be turned off and he should re­ceive pal­lia­tive care.

Hos­pi­tal chair­man Mary Ma­cLeod said the Lon­don po­lice have been con­tacted be­cause of nu­mer­ous threats re­ceived by the hos­pi­tal’s em­ploy­ees.

Char­lie’s par­ents have lost all pre­vi­ous court cases, in­clud­ing one be­fore the Eu­ro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights, which were de­signed to force the hos­pi­tal to let them take their son to the United States for an ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment.

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