Thursday 17 August 2017

Donor gives €22,800 to couple raising cash to take sick baby son to US for treatment

Charlie Gard Credit: Family handout/PA Wire
Charlie Gard Credit: Family handout/PA Wire

Brian Farmer

A couple who set up a fund in the hope of raising £1.2m to get treatment in America for their sick baby son have been given £20,000 (€22,800) by an anonymous donor.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London want to stop providing life-support treatment to seven-month-old Charlie Gard.

Doctors say Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, should move to a palliative care regime.

But Charlie's parents, who are both in their early thirties, disagree.

Postman Chris Gard and Connie Yates, of Bedfont, London, want to be allowed to take Charlie to a hospital in America.

A judge is due to analyse the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in early April and decide what is in Charlie's best interests.

Charlie Gard with his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard. Credit: Family handout/PA Wire
Charlie Gard with his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard. Credit: Family handout/PA Wire

Charlie's parents have launched an internet cash appeal on a GoFundMe website.

More than 15,000 donations have been offered and the amount raised has topped £300,000 after one anonymous donor pledged £20,000.

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