Archie Battersbee: British boy dies after life support stopped at end of long legal battle between parents and doctors

Archie died at 12:15 p.m. local time at the Royal London Hospital, hours after doctors suspended life support, Dance told reporters, adding that she was “so proud to be his mother”.

“Such a beautiful little boy, and he fought until the very end,” she said.

Dance said the hospital had made it clear that there were no more options and the life support system would be removed on Saturday morning.

The 12-year-old had been in a coma since being found unconscious by his mother in April. He was being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, according to the British news agency PA.

Doctors eventually concluded the boy was “brain stem dead”, leading his family to pursue a legal battle to maintain his life support in hopes he would recover, PA reported.

In recent days the family have made offers to the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights for him to be transferred to a hospice to die there, according to PA.

‘Archie Battersbee died on Saturday afternoon at the Royal London Hospital after treatment was stopped in accordance with court rulings regarding his best interests,’ a statement said. statement by Alistair Chesser, chief medical officer at Barts Health NHS Trust, read on Saturday.

“Members of his family were present at his bedside and our thoughts and sincere condolences are with them at this difficult time,” the statement added.

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