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Charlie Gard Hearing: Deadline Passes For Decision On Baby’s End Of Life Plan



The deadline has passed for Charlie Gard’s parents to agree an end of life plan.

The terminally ill 11-month-old could soon be moved to a hospice and allowed to die.

A High Court judge set a timetable for the final stage of Charlie’s life after what could have been the final hearing in the case yesterday.

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 and life-support treatment would end shortly after he arrives.

“Unless by 12 noon the parents and the guardian and the hospital can agree an alternative arrangement, Charlie will be transferred to a hospice and extubated shortly after,” Mr Justice Francis ruled.

The baby’s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard have now accepted their terminally ill boy will be moved to a hospice but want a week with him there.

They wanted to be given time to reach an agreement over end-of-life plans for their son.

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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