Boy at heart of UK court battle dies after life support ends
The 12-year-old had been in a coma since early April. British courts had rejected the family’s request to transfer him to a hospice, and the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene.
A 12-year-old boy who has been in a coma for four months has died at a London hospital after doctors ended life-sustaining treatment that had been the subject of a lengthy court battle.
Archie Battersbee’s mother, Hollie Dance, said he died at 12:15 p.m. local time Saturday, about two hours after the hospital began withdrawing treatment.
British courts had rejected the family’s request to transfer Archie to a hospice, and the European Court of Human Rights refused for a second time to intervene in the case.
Dance says, “He fought until the very end. I’m the proudest mum in the world.″