Archie Battersbee, 12-year-old boy at the center of hospital legal battle, dies after being removed from life support

Hollie Dance, second left, surrounded by family and friends, outside the Royal London Hospital, addresses the media following the death of her 12-year-old son Archie Battersbee, in Whitechapel, east London, on 6 August 2022.Aaron Chown/The Associated Press

A 12-year-old British boy with brain damage who was at the center of a legal battle over whether or not to continue his life support system died Saturday after a hospital ended treatment, his family said.

Archie Battersbee’s parents have unsuccessfully appealed to Britain’s highest courts and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against end of life support.

They also failed to convince the courts to allow them to move Archie to a hospice to die.

Doctors treating Archie at a London hospital have said continuing life support would not be in his best interests and moving the boy to a hospice would have worsened his situation.

The boy had been unconscious since he suffered an injury at the family’s home in Essex, east of London, in April.

“I am the proudest mother in the world, such a beautiful little boy, and he fought to the end,” Archie’s mother Hollie Dance told reporters outside the hospital.

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