Charlie Gard will “inevitably” die shortly after being moved to a hospice and having life-support treatment withdrawn, under a plan approved by a High Court judge.

Mr Justice Francis has approved a timetable to govern the final period of the terminally-ill baby’s life

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Charlie’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates disagreed over how long he should receive life-support treatment for.

Medics said he should move to a hospice soon and life-support treatment should end shortly after his arrival.

His parents wanted more time with him and said he should receive life-support treatment for a number of days.

The judge on Thursday made public details of an order which will result in Charlie dying shortly after moving to a hospice.

The order indicated that an agreement had not been reached between the two sides.

The judge’s order says it is in Charlie’s best interests for life-support treatment to be withdrawn and that he should receive palliative care.

The order says Charlie will continue to be treated at Great Ormond Street for a “period” of time before being moved to the hospice, which cannot be named for legal reasons.

Doctors can then withdraw “artificial ventilation” after a “period” of time.

The order says everyone involved agrees that the “arrangements” will “inevitably result in Charlie’s death within a short period thereafter”.



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