Archie Battersbee’s life support to be turned off tomorrow, family confirms

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The life support system of Archie Battersbee will be turned off tomorrow at 11am, his family have been told, after a final bid to keep it on failed.

His parents lost a Supreme Court bid to keep the 12-year-old on life-sustaining treatment pending a review from a committee from the UN.

Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, Archie's parents, who live separately in Southend, Essex, had a Court of Appeal hearing on Monday.

Judges were asked to consider a request from a UN committee urgently, requesting that he continue to be treated while it reviewed his case.

The three judges reviewing the matter however rejected the opportunity to postpone the removal of the treatment past midday on Tuesday.

Permission to appeal their decision at the Supreme Court was also denied.

Archie's parents went direct to the Supreme Court with their application for his treatment to continue, however.

They wanted his life support to stay on so that the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) had time to look at his case.

They made their complaint last week, however, the three justices concluded that the Court of Appeal had “made the correct decision”.

Archie, 12, was found unconscious by his mum in April and has been in a coma ever since. After months of fighting, the family has now announced that it will be switched off tomorrow.

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