A last minute hearing will be held over whether life-support treatment should be withdrawn for 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, just hours before it is due to end.
The Court of Appeal granted a virtual hearing for 11am today after the Government asked it to "urgently consider" a request from the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNRPD) to continue his treatment so it could examine his case.
Archie was left in a comatose state after suffering brain damage following an incident at his home on April 7.
Barts Health NHS Trust, which is caring for the boy, said in a letter to his parents over the weekend that "all fluid infusions, medications, including vasopressin will be stopped" at 2pm on August 1.
His parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, asked the United Nations to intervene in his case, arguing that the UNRPD has a protocol that allows families to make complaints about violations of disabled people’s rights.
In response, the committee asked the UK to "refrain from withdrawing life-preserving medical treatment, including mechanical ventilation and artificial nutrition and hydration… while the case is under consideration by the committee".
However, it added that this request does not imply the committee has reached a decision on the matter.