Archie’s parents have until 9am to launch new legal bid to continue life support

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Archie Battersbee’s mum, Hollie Dance, said she would fight ‘until the end’ (Picture: AP)

Archie Battersbee’s family now have until 9am tomorrow to launch a new legal bid to move him to a hospice.

The 12-year-old boy’s parents had an appeal refused by the Supreme Court yesterday, and today the European Court of Human Rights said it wouldn’t step in.

With few options left, the family have until 9am to take action, otherwise his life support will be turned off at 11am.

Archie has been on life support ever since he was found unconscious by his mum in April at their family home in Southend, Essex.

His mum believes the brain injury he suffered may have been the result of an online challenge.

Doctor’s now believe the boy is ‘brain-stem dead’ and say it would be best to end life support now, but his parents disagree.

Undated family handout file photo of Archie Battersbee, 12, whose parents have submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to postpone the withdrawal of his life support. The 12-year-old has been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother in April and is currently being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London. Issue date: Saturday May 14, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Archie. Photo credit should read: Hollie Dance/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Archie has been on life support since he was found unconscious at his family home in April (Picture: PA)

He is being kept alive at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel through a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments.

Now Barts Health NHS Trust has said Archie’s treatment will end at 11am tomorrow.

That is unless the family apply to the High Court by 9am to move him to a hospice, Sky News reports.

The trust said: ‘Any application will be opposed on both a procedural basis and best interests basis.’

Hollie Dance, mother of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, speaks to the media outside the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, east London, after the European Court of Human Rights refused an application to postpone the withdrawal of his life support. Picture date: Wednesday August 3, 2022. PA Photo. Hollie Dance See PA story COURTS Archie. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Ms Dance believes her son was taking part in an online challenge when he suffered his brain damage (Picture: PA)
Undated family handout file photo of Archie Battersbee with his mother Hollie Dance. Archie's parents have submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to postpone the withdrawal of his life support. The 12-year-old has been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother in April and is currently being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, 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 only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Archie’s mum says she would like him to spend his final days in a hospice (Picture: PA)

It added that it ‘continues to put Archie’s welfare and best interests at the forefront of its decision making about his care’.

It added that it believes that Archie’s condition is unstable and that #transferring him even a short distance involves significant risk’.

But if his parents do make an application, life support treatment will continue while the legal appeal is heard.

It’s not yet clear exactly what the parents’ plan is, but Ms Dance has previously said she would like Archie’s final days to be in a hospice.

After learning of the ECHR’s rejection, she told reporters: ‘It’s the end. It was the last thing, wasn’t it? And again our country has failed a 12-year-old child.

‘We’ve now got a fight to see whether we can get him out of here to have a dignified passing at a hospice.’

She added: ‘I would like him out of this hospital. He came to this hospital to have an operation, this hospital failed him.

‘So, I would like him out of here as quick as possible really. And in a peaceful hospice to say goodbye and spend time with his family, uninterrupted by the noise and chaos.’

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