Great Ormond Street Hospital staff receive death threats over Charlie Gard case

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The parents of baby Charlie Gard stormed out of a pre-court hearing after a lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital in London broke the news that new brain scan of the terminally ill baby made for "sad reading", the UK's Press Association reported Friday.

The latest developments in the case are due to be heard on Monday.

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. Thousands of abusive messages have been sent to doctors and nurses whose life's work is to care for sick children.

The hospital believes that 11-month-old Charlie has suffered irreversible brain damage that treatment can not fix.

After the hospital's lawyer, Katie Gollop, told a judge what doctors thought of results from new scans of Charlie's brain, the baby's mother, Connie Yates, burst into tears, and his father, Chris Gard, yelled "evil", according to the association.

"In recent weeks the GOSH community has been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance".

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour MP for the area, said it was "understandable that people feel very strongly about the case" but the abuse of staff was "totally unacceptable".

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In a statement, she said numerous messages were menacing, including death threats, and that the hospital was in close contact with the police.

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.

'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.

CHARLIE Gard doctors claim they have been forced to call the cops after being "bombarded with death threats".

Charlie Gard's parents have said they are "extremely upset" by the backlash they received after GOSH revealed the abuse its staff was suffering. His case has attracted huge global attention, with United States president Donald Trump and the Pope intervening. We fully understand that there is intense public interest, and that emotions run high.

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

British and European courts have so far backed the doctors' position, ruling that transferring Charlie to the US would prolong suffering without a realistic prospect of success.

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