Highlights

  • 12-year-old British boy with brain damage died after The Royal London Hospital took him off life support
  • His parents lost legal battle seeking extension of his treatment
  • Archie had been in a coma since April this year

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The courts concurred with doctors who said Archie was "brain-stem dead." 

A 12-year-old British boy with brain damage died on Saturday after The Royal London Hospital took him off life support after his parents lost a legal battle seeking extension of his treatment at the hospital.

The parents of Archie Battersbee made unsuccessful appeals at Britain's highest courts and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against ending the life support, and also failed to persuade courts to allow them to move Archie to a hospice to die.

The courts concurred with doctors who said Archie was "brain-stem dead."

Archie's mother Hollie Dance told reporters that her son died just over two hours after the artificial ventilation was stopped. "I am the proudest mum in the world, such a beautiful little boy, and he fought right until the very end," she told reporters outside the hospital.

The doctors treating Archie argued that continuing his treatment on life-support or moving him to a hospice would not have been in his 'best interests'.

In April, Archie was found unconscious after sustaining an injury at home and had been in a coma since then.

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