Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard will soon be moved to a hospice and allowed to die.
Thursday (July 27) at 12pm was the deadline given to Charlie's parents to agree on care plans for their son with Great Ormond Street Hospital .
A High Court judge set a timetable for the final stage of 11-month-old's life after what could have been the final hearing in the case on Wednesday (July 26).
Mr Justice Francis has heard that Charlie's parents and doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London cannot agree on hospice care plans for the youngster.
The judge said Charlie will move to a hospice if the dispute cannot be settled by noon today (Thursday July 27) and life-support treatment would end shortly after he arrives.
Mr Justice Francis, who has analysed disputes at hearings in the Family Division of the High Court, said the time had come for a decision to be made.
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GOSH say there was 'no way' Charlie could have died at home
A spokesman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said there was “no way” Charlie would have been able to die at home as “the risk of an unplanned and chaotic end to his life is an unthinkable outcome for all concerned”.
The hospital said while it always “respects parents’ views”, it will “never do anything that could cause our patients unnecessary and prolonged suffering”.
A spokesman said it regretted that “profound and heartfelt differences between Charlie’s doctors and his parents” had to be played out in court over such a long period.
Great Ormond Street Hospital express their 'regret' now Charlie is to be moved to hospice
Great Ormond Street Hospital has said it deeply regrets “that profound and heartfelt differences between” Charlie Gard’s doctors and his parents “have had to be played out in court over such a protracted period”.
The statement came after a High Court judge approved a plan which will see Charlie moved to a hospice and have life support treatment withdrawn.
Judge approves plan to move Charlie to hospice to die
High Court judge Mr Justice Francis has approved a plan which will see Charlie Gard “inevitably” die shortly after being moved to a hospice and having life support treatment withdrawn, he said in a statement.
The deadline is reached
We now wait to find out if a decision has been made.
Charlie’s parents want baby to be ventilated in hospice for several days
Charlie’s parents have been trying to find an intensive care doctor to oversee a plan that would allow Charlie to be ventilated in a hospice for several days.
“We need some peaceful time with our baby boy,” the parents said in a statement.
“We need a paediatric intensive care consultant to come forward to assist and facilitate with a hospice stay.”
A lawyer for Charlie’s court-appointed guardian had told the High Court that no hospice could provide care for intensively ventilated children for a long time, so the parents’ wish to spend several days with him could not be fulfilled.
Connie Yates' plea for help is shared over 1,000 times
Charlie’s mum, Connie, put out a plea for help on her Facebook page, ahead of the noon deadline.
“URGENT to get more time with Charlie we need a paediatric intensive care consultant to come forward to assist and facilitate with a hospice or home stay by 12pm tomorrow, we will pay privately.
“PLEASE HELP US!! Can you please contact James (Charlie’s godfather) on firstname.lastname@example.org please only email if you can help us!
“We need some peaceful time with our baby boy xxx”
Charlie will be moved to a hospice unless an agreement has been made
If there are no alternative plans by 12pm today, Charlie will be moved.