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Parents lose latest fight to stop Archie Battersbee’s life support being turned off

Parents lose latest fight to stop Archie Battersbee’s life support being turned off
The 12-year-old boy has been unconscious since early April

The parents of a 12-year-old boy left in a comatose state have lost their latest court battle to stop his 生命維持 being turned off.

Archie Battersbee suffered “catastrophic” brain damage four months ago and a 高等裁判所 ruled that doctors could lawfully stop treating him.

彼の両親, ホリー・ダンスとポール・バッターズビー, were allowed to appeal the decision at the 控訴裁判所 but have now lost the latest legal fight.

Three Court of Appeal judges ruled that the High Court judge’s previous decision was not wrong.

<p>The parents of Archie Battersbee, Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance, want to keep their son on life support </p>

The parents of Archie Battersbee, Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance, want to keep their son on life support

In Mr Justice Hayden’s original ruling, he described what had happened to Archie as a “tragedy of immeasurable dimensions”, but said that the medical evidence was “compelling and unanimous”.

Evidence presented to court showed that Archie is in a “comatose state”.

<p>Doctors believe that Archie is brain dead  </p>

Doctors believe that Archie is brain dead

However barrister Edward Devereux QC, who is representing Archie’s parents, argued that Mr Justice Hayden had not given “real or proper weight” to Archie’s previously expressed wishes and religious beliefs.

He had also said that the judge had been wrong to conclude that life-support treatment was burdensome and futile.

The court heard that Ms Dance found her son unconscious on 7 April and that she thought her son may have been taking part in an online challenge.

The 12-year-old has not regained consciousness since that date. Doctors who are treating him think that he is brainstem-dead and are arguing that it is in his best interests for life-support to be removed.

Three Court of Appeal judges ruled on Monday that doctors can lawfully stop providing life-support treatment to Archie.

Sir Andrew McFarlane said in the ruling that medical staff had seen “no signs of life” from Archie. Referring to the ongoing media attention, 彼が追加した: “Archie is no longer the boy in the photograph. He is someone whose every bodily function is now maintained by artificial means.”

The judges’ decision came after lawyers told the court that Ms Dance believed that her son has tried to breathe independently while in hospital.

<p>Archie’s mother Hollie Dance believes he is ‘still in there’ </p>

Archie’s mother Hollie Dance believes he is ‘still in there’

Her lawyers said that Ms Dance had seen indications that Archie, who is attached to a ventilator, has twice tried to breathe independently in the last few days.

High Court judge Ms Justice Arbuthnot had initially considered the case in June and concluded that Archie was already dead.

Ms Dance said after that initial ruling: “His heart is still beating, he has gripped my hand, and as his mother, I know he is still in there. Until it’s God’s way I won’t accept he should go. I know of miracles when people have come back from being brain dead.

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The case then went back to the High Court before reaching the Court of Appeal.

Archie’s parents are being supported by the campaign organisation the Christian Legal Centre.

アンドレア・ウィリアムズ, その最高経営責任者, said outside court on Monday: “I am very disappointed that they have not adjourned this decision given that Mr Battersbee has been taken to hospital.

“I’ve been in touch with Archie’s mothershe is disgusted.”