Boy dies as UK doctors end life-sustaining treatment after court order

Archie Battersbee, the 12-year-old boy who was the topic of a prolonged court battle, had been in a coma for 4 months. He died on Saturday at a London hospital after doctors ended life-sustaining treatment complying with the choice of a British court.

Archie’s mom, Hollie Dance, stated her son died at 12:15 p.m., about two hours after the hospital started withdrawing treatment. This got here after the British court rejected the household’s request to switch Archie to a hospice. The European Court of Human Rights refused for a second time to intervene within the case.

“He fought until the very end, “Dance stated, weeping exterior the hospital. “I’m the proudest mum on the planet.”

Archie’s care was the subject of weeks of legal arguments after his parents sought judicial intervention to force the hospital to continue life-sustaining treatments. The doctors argued that there was no chance of his recovery and he should be allowed to die.

British courts ruled it was in his best interests to end treatment. To which, the family asked for permission to move Archie to a hospice. The hospital stated that Archie’s condition was not stable enough to move him to a hospice as it would hasten his death.

On Friday, High Court Judge Lucy Theis rejected the family’s request to move Archie saying that he should remain in the hospital while treatment was withdrawn.

Theis wrote in her decision, “I return to where I started, recognizing the enormity of what lays ahead for Archie’s parents and the family. Their unconditional love and dedication to Archie is a golden thread that runs through this case… I hope now Archie can be afforded the opportunity for him to die in peaceful circumstances, with the family who meant so much to him as he clearly does to them.”

This will not be the primary case of this sort as beneath British legislation, it’s common for courts to intervene when dad and mom and doctors disagree on a toddler’s medical treatment. In such circumstances, the kid’s greatest pursuits take primacy over the dad and mom’ proper to determine what they imagine is greatest for his or her offspring.

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