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Charlie Gard's parents edge closer to new fundraising target

A couple who hope their sick baby son can get treatment in the United States have almost hit a new fundraising target.

Charlie Gard Credit: Gofundme

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London think it is time to stop providing life support treatment to eight-month-old Charlie Gard.

Doctors say Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should move to a palliative care regime.

Charlie's parents disagree. Chris Gard and Connie Yates want to be allowed to take him to a hospital in America where they hope he can be treated.

A High Court judge has been asked to make decisions about what is in Charlie's best interests.

The couple launched an appeal on the GoFundMe website two months ago, saying they needed £1.2 million.

They reached their target on Sunday and more than 80,000 people have donated money.

Earlier this week Miss Yates said the target had been raised to £1.3 million and website data shows the couple are less than £50,000 short of their new goal.