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Hospital caring for baby Charlie Gard receives threats from protesters as case continues

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WATCH: The parents of critically-ill baby Charlie Gard returned to the Royal Court of Justice in London on Thursday as they continued their appeal for the right to take him to the United States for treatment. Gard family spokesman Alasdair Seton-Marsden spoke to the media outside, saying he and the family vow to continue the fight – Jul 13, 2017

Protesters who want critically ill British baby Charlie Gard to receive an experimental medical treatment are planning a rally and prayer vigil Sunday, while hospital officials say emotions are running so high in the heart-breaking case they have received death threats.

Activists supporting Gard’s parents will gather Sunday afternoon outside the High Court in London where legal proceedings will resume Monday with new medical evidence expected.

READ MORE: Parents of sick baby, Charlie Gard storm out of court hearing in London

Charlie has a rare genetic condition and suffers from brain damage.

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.

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WATCH: Parents of Charlie Gard make new push to treat terminally ill baby

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Parents of Charlie Gard make new push to treat terminally ill baby – Jul 10, 2017

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

“Staff have received abuse both in the street and online,” she said. “Thousands of abusive messages have been sent to doctors and nurses whose life’s work is to care for sick children. Many of these messages are menacing, including death threats.”

WATCH: Parents of Charlie Gard say if he continues to fight, then they’ll continue to fight

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Parents of Charlie Gard say if he continues to fight, then they’ll continue to fight – Jul 10, 2017

MacLeod said families visiting other ill children have also been “harassed and discomforted” on the grounds of the renowned hospital in London.

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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 bring their son to the United States for an experimental treatment.

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Protesters rally at Buckingham Palace against shutting off baby’s life support – Jul 4, 2017

The loss in the European court, following an earlier defeat in Britain’s Supreme Court, seemed final. But both Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump expressed an interest in Charlie’s fate, and the hospital asked for a new court hearing because of what the family claimed was new medical evidence.

READ MORE: Terminally ill British boy case heads to court today in light of new evidence

Charlie has been examined by a U.S. doctor who has treated similar cases. The doctor’s testimony is expected to figure heavily in Monday’s court proceedings, as are the results of Charlie’s recent brain scans.

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