Judge sets deadline for moving baby to hospice

Charlie Gard's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London where the hearing will resume into the case of their terminally-ill baby, Friday July 21, 2017. A British court is giving the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard a chance to present fresh evidence that their terminally ill son should receive experimental treatment. (Lauren Hurley/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — A judge in London says critically ill baby Charlie Gard will be transferred to a hospice to die unless his family and the hospital treating him agree on an end-of-life plan by noon on Thursday.

Judge Nicholas Francis says “it is in Charlie’s best interests to be moved to a hospice and for him at that point to be moved to a palliative care regime only.”

Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, left a courtroom in distress before the judge made his ruling.

The 11-month-old’s parents have been fighting for him to be brought home to die, but conceded Wednesday that that is not practical and a hospice is the only option.

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