Archie Battersbee dies in hospital after being taken off life support

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Archie Battersbee’s family have confirmed the 12-year-old has died after being taken off life support.

Speaking in tears outside the Royal London Hospital, his mother Hollie Dance said her son had died at 12.15pm on Saturday.

In an emotional statement, she added: “I just want to say that I am the proudest mom in the world.

“He was such a handsome little boy. He fought to the end and I’m so proud to be his mother.”

Another relative added: “There is absolutely nothing dignified to watch a family member, a child, suffocate.

“No family should ever have to go through what we went through. It’s barbaric.”

Undated family photo of Hollie Dance with her son Archie Battersbee in hospital. The 12-year-old's family were told his life support was to be taken off Saturday morning after their legal battle over his transfer from hospital to a hospice was over. A final request for the European Court of Human Rights to intervene in the case was denied late Friday after the Supreme Court ruled he must remain at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London. Issue date: Saturday August 6, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Archie. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire

Hollie Dance with her son Archie Battersbee in hospital (Image: PA)

The schoolboy was a fit and healthy aspiring gymnast until he was found unconscious at home on April 7 this year.

Ms Dance said she believes he participated in a dangerous online blackout challenge.

Archie suffered a catastrophic brain injury and has spent the last four months in hospital in a deep coma.

This led to a protracted but ultimately failed legal battle by his family to continue his life support treatment in hopes that the unconscious boy would recover.

He was kept alive through a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatment, after doctors pronounced him “brain dead”.

READ MORE: How 121 heartbreaking days turned Archie’s family’s lives upside down

After a final request for the European Court of Human Rights to intervene was denied on Friday, Ms Dance insisted she had done everything she promised her son.

In an interview with Sky News, she described feeling “pretty broken” and said the day was “absolutely awful”.

She broke down and said: “In the past few weeks since April 7, I don’t think there’s been a day that wasn’t really awful.”

Undated family photo of Archie Battersbee in hospital. The 12-year-old's family were told his life support was to be taken off Saturday morning after their legal battle over his transfer from hospital to a hospice was over. A final request for the European Court of Human Rights to intervene in the case was denied late Friday after the Supreme Court ruled he must remain at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London. Issue date: Saturday August 6, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Archie. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire

Archie pictured in hospital (Image: PA)

Ms Dance added: “It was really hard. Despite the tough, strong face and performance that has obviously been in front of the cameras up until now, I was pretty broken.

She said the hospital made it clear there were no other options and that life support would be cut off at 10am on Saturday.

When asked if there was anything else she could do, Ms Dance said: “No. I did everything I promised my little boy. And I did it.”

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A spokesman for campaign group Christian Concern, which supports Archie’s family, said: “All legal avenues have been exhausted.

“The family is devastated and is spending quality time with Archie.”

The medics caring for Archie have not had a platform to explain their decisions or the reasons behind them.

But the “murky” medical background to the case is presented in the court verdicts written after each unsuccessful hearing.

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Archie pictured before the accident (Image: PA)

Undated family handout file photo of Archie Battersbee, whose parents have petitioned the European Court of Human Rights to delay the removal of his life support. The 12-year-old has been in a coma since his mother found him unconscious in April and is currently being kept alive through a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatment, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London. Issue date: Wednesday August 3, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Archie. Photo credit should read: Hollie Dance/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo's caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

He was an aspiring gymnast (Image: PA)

Undated family photo of Archie Battersbee with his mother Hollie Dance. Archie's parents have petitioned the European Court of Human Rights to delay the removal of his life support. The 12-year-old has been in a coma since his mother found him unconscious in April and is currently being kept alive through a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatment, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London. Issue date: Wednesday August 3, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Archie. Photo credit should read: Hollie Dance/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo's caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Archie and his mum (Image: PA)

On July 25, Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the High Court’s Family Division, referred to a “brief but devastating” summary by a counselor of the “all-encompassing nature of the damage resulting from the original brain injury”. Pediatric Intensivist.

He wrote: “The description given is more, far, far more than that of a boy who is simply ‘on a ventilator’.”

The ruling referred to a nurse who says none of the medical staff “saw any sign of spontaneous life” during their time at Archie’s hospital.

It said they found it “exasperating to care for someone they know has an irreversible injury and unfortunately any intervention feels pointless” and “everyone is incredibly sad for this family”.

The ruling, which confirmed doctors could lawfully stop the student’s life support, continued: “Archie’s condition and the appalling situation in which he and his family find themselves have received widespread press and media exposure, one of which Most of a photo showing Archie as a very dedicated boy.

“Tragically, as a result of the catastrophic brain injury he sustained on April 7, Archie is no longer the boy in the photograph.

“He is, as Mr. Justice Hayden’s detailed description and the corroboration in Nurse G’s brief account show, one whose every bodily function is now maintained by artificial means.”

Undated family photo of a card for Archie Battersbee. The 12-year-old's family were told his life support was to be taken off Saturday morning after their legal battle over his transfer from hospital to a hospice was over. A final request for the European Court of Human Rights to intervene in the case was denied late Friday after the Supreme Court ruled he must remain at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London. Issue date: Friday August 5, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Archie. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire

One of the cards made by well-wishers for Archie (Image: PA)

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Ms Dance described how she had to deal with cruel social media trolls and the grueling legal battle.

She said: “I’ve never lied about anything. I’ve been open and honest about everything that happened, but it’s not enough for people.

“I was messaged to say that Archie is ‘rotting’ that he ‘should be six feet under’. I’ve even had people say they will come to the hospital and take him off life support themselves.’

Ms Dance continued: “I know I’ve done a very good job as Archie’s mother. Because of my own childhood, I was determined to be the best mother I could be, and I feel like I did that to the best of my ability.

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