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19/06/2017 18:28 BST

Donations Continue To Pour In To Parents Of Terminally-Ill Baby Charlie Gard

Well-wishers have given nearly £200,000 to a couple whose terminally-ill baby son is at the centre of a high-profile legal battle in a little over two months.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates want 10-month-old Charlie Gard, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, to undergo a therapy trial in America.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, where Charlie is being cared for, say therapy proposed by a doctor in the US is experimental and will not help.

They say life support treatment should stop.

Charlie's parents hope that judges in the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France, will come to their aid after losing battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

The couple had initially said they needed £1.2 million to pay for treatment in America and launched an appeal on a GoFundMe website four months ago.

They hit their £1.2 million target just before the start of a High Court trial in early April and more than 80,000 people have given money.

Website figures show that more than £180,000 has been donated since then and the amount raised is now close to £1.4 million.

The couple, who are in their 30s and from Bedfont, west London are waiting to see whether Strasbourg judges will consider their claims.

Their lawyers have indicated that detailed legal arguments have been prepared.

Barrister Richard Gordon QC, who leads their legal team, has indicated he will argue that British Government ministers are in breach of human rights obligations as a result of decisions by judges in London.

He has previously argued that parents should be free to make decisions about their children's treatment unless any proposed care poses a risk of significant harm - suggesting that Charlie's rights to life and liberty might have been breached and his parents' right to respect for family life infringed.

A High Court judge in April ruled against a trip to America and in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors.

Mr Justice Francis concluded that life-support treatment should end and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

Three Court of Appeal judges upheld that ruling and three Supreme Court justices dismissed a further challenge by the couple.

Three Supreme Court justices on Monday considered issues relating to the continued provision of life support to Charlie, pending any ruling by Strasbourg judges, at a hearing in London.

Lady Hale, Lord Kerr and Lord Wilson are expected to produce a decision relating to how long treatment should continue on Tuesday.