The condition of Charlotte Wyatt, who is at the centre of a legal row over her treatment, has improved, the hospital treating her said yesterday.

A spokeswoman at St Mary's Hospital in Portsmouth said: "She remains stable but has shown encouraging early signs of improvement. We are very pleased."

The two-year-old, who has been disabled since birth, has been fighting an "aggressive" viral lung infection which had seen her deteriorate.

Last week a High Court judge ruled that doctors at the hospital could let her die.

It is believed that Char-lotte's parents Debbie and Darren, originally from the West Midlands, have been at their daughter's bedside.

The couple have fought to have everything done to keep their daughter alive.