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Key figure in UK legal battle dies after exiting life support

 A 12-year-old died Saturday after being in a coma for four months. A London hospital after a doctor withdrew the life-prolonging treatment his family struggled to continue.

Archie Battersbee's mother, Hollie Dance, said her son died at 12:15 p.m., about two hours after the hospital began stopping treatment. A British court rejected both the family's efforts to extend treatment and their request to move Archie to hospice, saying neither move was in the child's best interests.

"I'm the proudest mom in the world," Dance said, crying as she stood outside the hospital. "A very beautiful boy and he fought to the end."

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An undated family handout photo of Archie Battersbee. His parents have submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights and postponed the withdrawal. his life support. Holly Dance/AP

The legal battle was part of a series of highly publicized British lawsuits in which parents and doctors fought over who was better. The latest. Decisions about children's medical care. Debate has raged as to whether there is a more appropriate way to resolve such disagreements away from the courts.

Archie was found unconscious in her home on April 7, with a ligature placed over her head. was His parents suspect he was participating in a failed online challenge.

A doctor concludes that Archie's brainstem died immediately after the accident, and the long history of keeping Archie alive, including artificial respiration, medication to regulate bodily functions, and round-the-clock care. I tried to finish the list. However, his family objected, claiming that Archie was showing signs of life and did not want to give up hope. Attempts to force his continuation triggered weeks of legal debate.Doctors at the Royal London Hospital argued that there was no hope of recovery and that he should be allowed to die.

36} After a series of courts ruled that it was in Archie's best interest to allow him to die, the family asked permission to move him to hospice. Due to his stability, he said moving him would hasten his death. It was decided that he should stay in the hospital.

"Their unconditional love and devotion to Archie is the golden thread that runs through this case," her Theis wrote in her decision.

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Archie Battersbee, Paul Battersbee, Hollie Dance's parents appear before the Royal Court of Justice in London on 22 July 2022. Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images

That decision was delivered on Saturday after both the Court of Appeals and the European Court of Human Rights refused to take up the case.

But Archie's family said his death was peaceful.

Ella Carter, the fiancée of Archie's eldest brother Tom, said Archie was stable about two hours after the hospital stopped all medications. She said things changed when the respirator was turned off.

"He went pale," she said. "There is no dignity in watching a family member or a child suffocate to death. We don't want families going through what we went through. It's barbaric."

Carter said. I put my head on the shoulder of the dance and sobbed as the two women embraced each other.

The hospital expressed its condolences and thanked the doctors and nurses who looked after Archie.

Chief Medical Officer of Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital. One of his Alistair Chesser said: "This tragic incident has not only affected families and caregivers, it has touched the hearts of many across the country."

Legal experts say cases like Archie's Claims to be rare. However, several controversies have been publicly fought, such as the 2017 legal battle over infant Charlie Gard, who had a rare genetic disorder, where the doctor's decisions went against the family's wishes. appealed for experimental treatment before his death, but was unsuccessful.

Under English law, it is common for courts to intervene when parents and doctors disagree about how to treat a child. The child's best interests take precedence over the right of parents to decide what they believe is best.

Her Ilora Finlay, a professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff University and a member of the Senate, said this week she hoped to conduct an independent inquiry into the different ways the Conservative government handles these cases. said there is. It helps no one to decide such disputes through an adversarial court process, she said.

"Parents don't want to go to court. No, my manager doesn't want to go to court," Finley told Times Radio. "My concern is that these cases are brought to court too quickly and too quickly, and that there needs to be another way to manage communication between doctors and parents."

The difficulty for parents is that they are in shock and often want to deny having a devastating brain injury, said Finlay. When there is damage to the viscera, the child often looks intact, so the face looks normal," she said. "So understanding what's going on in the brain and the extent of the damage requires careful explanation to parents, and it takes time."

Archie's family , was supported by Christian Concern, which campaigns on end-of-life issues and the role of religion in society. The group said it was a "privilege" to stand by their family.

"The events of the last few weeks raise many important questions, such as how death is defined, how those decisions are made, and the whereabouts of family members." Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said

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