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 heart-breaking case they have received death threats. Thousands of abusive messages have been sent to doctors and nurses whose life's work is to care for sick children.
"Great Ormond Street Hospital is in close contact with the Metropolitan Police and we will do everything possible to hold to account anybody who involved in this kind of deplorable behaviour".
Charlie suffers from the rare genetic condition, which 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.
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. They say life support treatment should stop.
Ms MacLeod said: 'In recent weeks the hospital community has been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance.
Charlie Gard's parents have said they are "extremely upset" by the backlash they received after GOSH revealed the abuse its staff was suffering.
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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".
Chairwoman Mary MacLeod of the Great Ormond Street Hospital confirmed that hospital staff members have been subjected to an ongoing onslaught of abuse related to the Charlie Gard case. His case has attracted huge worldwide attention, with U.S. president Donald Trump and the Pope intervening.
In a statement, Mr Gard said: "Without the excellent care of the doctors at GOSH [Great Ormond Street Hospital] our son would not even be alive and not a day goes by when we don't remember that". We fully understand that there is intense public interest, and that emotions run high.
Court is schedule to resume early next week, but despite American lawmakers going so far as to grant the infant and his parents temporary USA citizenship, it appears unlikely that the court will allow Charlie to be transported for treatment that has been ruled to have "no prospects of success" and which "would offer no benefit".
A lawyer representing the hospital said in a brief hearing Friday that the latest brain scan results make for "sad reading".
Columbia University neurology professor Michio Hirano visited Charlie in London last Monday and Tuesday to examine him and meet with doctors from the hospital.