Last week we shared the heartbreaking story that Charlie Gard had his life support machine extended by one week, tonight it has been ruled that Charlie’s machine will not be switched off at midnight.

His life has now been extended by three extra weeks allowing judges in the European Court of Human Rights time to analyse his case.

The court had ruled that Charlie life support should be turned off at midnight on 19th June while it looked at the case. Now they have extended this another 3 weeks. 

Ten-month-old Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and is terminally ill, is at the centre of a high-profile legal battle.

His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, want to take their son to the US for to undergo a therapy trial.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, where Charlie is being cared for, say life support treatment should now be switched off and argue the therapy proposed by a doctor in the US is experimental and will not help.