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Charlie Gard's parents are asking a court for him to be allowed to go home to die

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Updated July 25, 2017 09:53 AM EDT

The attorney for Charlie Gard's parents told a U.K. court on Tuesday that their "last wish is to take Charlie home."

"We struggle with the difficulties the hospital has placed in the way of the parents’ wish to have a period of time, probably a relatively short period of time ... before the final act in Charlie’s short life." Grant Armstrong told the court, according to The Guardian.

Charlie Gard's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, want him to go home to die but the hospital has raised objections, Armstrong said.

Updated July 24, 2017 09:42 AM EDT

The lawyer for the parents of 10-month-old Charlie Gard said Monday that the couple has withdrawn its application to take the baby to the U.S. to seek further treatment, according to Reuters.

The lawyer, Grant Armstrong, told London's High Court on Monday that time had "run out" for the child.

"For Charlie it is too late. The damage has been done," Armstrong said.

Updated July 24, 2017 08:43 AM EDT

The London hospital that has been treating 10-month-old Charlie Gard said it has been receiving death threats.

In a statement released Saturday, the Great Ormond Street Hospital's Chairman Mary MacLeod said that the hospital's staff has been subjected to harassment online and off.

"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," MacLeod said in the statement. "Families have been harassed and discomforted while visiting their children, and we have received complaints of unacceptable behavior even within the hospital itself."

MacLeod noted that there is a "intense public interest" and that "emotions run high" regarding Charlie Gard's medical condition, but emphasized that there "can be no excuse for patients and families to have their privacy and peace disturbed."

The death threats came days after the U.S. granted permanent residence to Charlie Gard in order to receive experimental treatment for his condition.

Some are defending the hospital's staff calling, the abuse "disrespectful."

Others think the hospital is infringing upon free speech.

Protesters who want British baby Charlie Gard to receive an experimental medical treatment have planned a rally and prayer vigil for Sunday.

The 11-month-old has a rare condition known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which has prevented him from being able to "see, hear, move or breathe on his own," the Washington Post reports.

Some medical professionals have said the experimental treatment Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, are pushing for won't work and will only cause the baby more suffering. Instead, hospital officials said Charlie's life support should be turned off and he should receive palliative care.

But that approach sparked heated emotions among those who are holding out hope that the treatment could save Charlie's life.

The legal proceedings to determine who will have the final say over Charlie's fate will resume Monday in London. Charlie's parents have lost all previous court cases, which were designed to force their current hospital to let them take their son to a hospital in the United States for the treatment.

The terminally-ill baby was previously examined by a U.S. doctor who said Charlie could have "clinically meaningful improvement" as a result of the experimental treatment. That doctor's testimony, as well as Charlie's most recent brain scans, are likely to weigh heavily on the court's decision.

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