Couple close to raising £1.2m for baby son's medical treatment

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A couple who want to raise £1.2 million to fund treatment for their sick baby son are nearing their target.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London 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.

Charlie's parents postman Chris Gard and Connie Yates, of Bedfont, west London, want to be allowed to take Charlie to a hospital in America where they hope he will be treated.

The couple - both in their early 30s - have launched an internet appeal on a GoFundMe website and say they need to raise £1.2 million by April 3.

Website data shows that nearly 80 000 people have pledged money and more than £1.1 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 on Monday before deciding what is in Charlie's best interests.