Donor gives £20k to couple raising money for sick son’s treatment in the US

Charlie Gard with his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard.

A British 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 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’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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