Police probe death threats against London hospital staff

Police probe death threats against London hospital staff

Staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital have been bombarded with death threats and thousands of abusive messages over the Charlie Gard case, it was revealed last night.

"Thousands of abusive messages have been sent to doctors and nurses whose life's work is to care for sick children", said Mary MacLeod, Chairman of Great Ormond Street hospital, in a statement Saturday. Many of these messages are menacing, including death threats.

That prompted an angry outburst from Charlie's father, Chris Gard, and prompted his mother, Connie Yates, to burst into tears.

His parents have been battling in the courts for permission to take him to America for treatment but Great Ormond Street says this would not help.

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.

Judge Nicholas Francis, who has overseen the latest round of appearances at London's High Court, said in Friday's hearing that Hirano and Charlie's parents could present evidence at a hearing Monday.

Ms MacLeod said: "Families have been harassed and discomforted while visiting their children, and we have received complaints of unacceptable behaviour even within the hospital itself".

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Staff have received abuse both in the street and online.

'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.

"The GOSH community has been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance". His case has attracted huge global attention, with USA president Donald Trump and the Pope intervening. 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.

Mr Gard added: "We have always acted in Charlie's best interests and we have never slated gosh publicly, in fact we have been grateful to the staff for their care despite some conflicting issues".

The court has previously ruled in favour of the hospital and said 11-month-old Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

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

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.

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