Charlie Gard parents hit £1.2m fundraising target for sick baby's pioneering US treatment

Mark Chandler
Charlie Gard's parents want to take him to the US for pioneering treatment: PA

A west London couple who wanted to fund treatment for their sick baby son have hit their £1.2million target with just a day left before a crunch court hearing.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital think it is time to stop providing life-support treatment to Charlie Gard, who is nearly eight months old.

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 30s, disagree.

Parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard with Charlie (PA)

Postman Chris Gard and Connie Yates, of Bedfont, want to be allowed to take Charlie to a hospital in America where they hope he will be treated.

They launched an internet appeal on the GoFundMe website and said they needed to raise £1.2 million by April 3.

Website data shows that nearly 80,000 people have pledged money and more than £1.2 million has been raised.

A judge is due to analyse medical evidence at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London tomorrow before deciding what is in Charlie's best interests.

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