rchie Battersbee passed away after his livelihood was withdrawn and the family’s legal avenues to keep him alive were exhausted.
The 12-year-old, who suffered “devastating” brain damage, died at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, his mother Hollie Dance said outside the Royal London Hospital.
Speaking through tears outside the hospital where her son was kept on a ventilator until 10am this morning, she said: “It is in sadness that Archie passed away at 12:15pm today.
“I just want to say that I am the proudest mother in the world.
“He was such a beautiful little boy. He fought to the end and I am so proud to be his mother.”
His aunt Ella Carter told reporters that Archie had been taken off all medication by 10 a.m.
She said: “He was stable for two hours until they removed the vent and he turned completely blue. There is absolutely nothing worthy of seeing a family member or a child suffocate. No family should have to go through what we went through. It’s barbaric.”
A final plea for the European Court of Human Rights to intervene in the case was rejected late Friday, following a Supreme Court ruling that he must remain at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.
Archie’s parents had been in a protracted legal battle over the discontinuation of treatment and in recent days have pleaded with the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the European Court of Human Rights for transfer to a hospice to die.
Archie has been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother in April and is being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilator support and drug treatments.
In an interview with Sky News, taped on Friday, Archie’s mother Hollie Dance, from Southend, Essex, said she is “quite broken” and that the day had been “absolutely awful”.
She collapsed, saying, “For the last few weeks since April 7, I don’t think there’s been a day that wasn’t really terrible.”
Ms Dance added: “It has been very difficult. Despite the hard, strong face and appearance clear to the cameras until now, I’ve been pretty broken.”
She said the hospital had made it clear that there were no more options and that the ventilator would be stopped at 10 a.m. Saturday.
When asked if she could do anything more, Ms Dance said, “No. I’ve done everything I promised my little boy I’d do. And I did it.”
Barts Health NHS Trust did not immediately update its statement, instead referring to its previous position stating that no changes will be made to Archie’s care “until the outstanding legal issues are resolved”.
In a Supreme Court ruling Friday morning, Ms Theis concluded that it was not in Archie’s best interests to be transferred to a hospice and the Court of Appeals rejected permission to appeal that decision.
Christian Concern said the family had sought to challenge the Supreme Court ruling, alleging a violation of Articles six and eight of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Article six is the right to a fair trial and article eight is the right to respect for private and family life.
A spokesman for the European court said it had received a request from representatives of Archie’s parents under Article 39 allowing it to apply “interim measures” in “exceptional” cases, and that the complaints “beyond the scope” of that rule fell, and would therefore not intervene.
The judges of the Court of Appeals said Ms Theis’ ruling in the Supreme Court covers “all points raised on behalf of the parents” in detail.
The judges said they had “come to the clear conclusion that each of her decisions was correct for the reasons she gave”.
They added: “It follows that the proposed appeal has no chance of success and there is no other compelling reason for the appeals court to hear an appeal.”
The appeals court judges also said one of Archie’s parents’ arguments was “legally flawed”, adding: “It’s also not easy to understand because it tries to argue that Archie’s interests are no longer relevant. .”
Doctors who treated the schoolboy for the past four months declared Archie to be “brain-stem dead”, leading to a protracted but ultimately unsuccessful legal battle by his family to continue his life-sustaining treatment in the hopes that he would recover.