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Olivia Stanca, aged one, to have life support withdrawn

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Image caption The parents of Olivia Stanca "now accept an end-of-life plan is necessary"

The parents of a one-year-old girl have agreed to the withdrawal of life support after the battle to save her life ended up in the High Court.

Olivia Stanca was born with a tumour on her adrenal gland which spread to her liver.

She beat the disease after chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

But the girl, described by her parents as a "little fighter" suffered blood infections and multiple organ failure following the successful treatment.

Park wish

Maria and George Stanca, from Walthamstow, east London, refused to give up hope and were planning to oppose the application to withdraw life support.

The hospital trust was due to ask the court for permission to discontinue a range of treatments, including renal replacement therapy, as doctors did not consider it in the child's best interests.

Mr Justice Moylan, sitting in the Court of Protection, was told Mr and Mrs Stanca had accepted Olivia's life was ending and agreed to life support being withdrawn following a rapid deterioration in her condition.

Fiona Paterson, appearing for the trust, told the judge the parents "now accept an end-of-life plan is necessary".

Ms Paterson said life support would be withdrawn, except for a portable ventilator and intravenous drug infusion for pain relief and sedation.

She said: "One of Mrs Stanca's dearest wishes was to take her daughter to a park to be alone with her and her husband."

The family will be accompanied to the hospital's roof garden by two nurses.

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