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.
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.’
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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