A British boy who has become the focus of an international legal battle has died hours after his life support was turned off.
The parents of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, who suffered severe brain damage in April, have been trying to keep him alive for weeks, taking the case to the United Nations and the European Court of Human Rights.
But doctors and the court held that Buttersby was “brain stem death“And further efforts to keep him alive are “futile”.
He died after being found unconscious in his home for almost four months just after noon on Saturday. His parents Peter Battersbee and Hollie Dance believe he may have participated in the social media challenge at the time.
He has been treated at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel since then.
The tragic case swept the country, with media coverage of every legal appeal. With the assistance of the Christian Law Center, his parents exhausted available legal avenues to keep him alive.
Back in June, a High Court judge ruled Buttersby “dead” based on an MRI scan.But his parents appealed and won a new hearing in the case because BBC reports.
In July, three appeals court judges agreed with the original ruling that the boy’s life support could end. The country’s top court upheld the ruling later that month.
Next, Buttersby’s parents wrote to the UN, which asked the UK government to continue life support as the case was considered.
But the appeals court rejected the request.
In the case, Buttersby’s parents appealed further to the English court, and the judges continued to uphold the original High Court decision.
In August, the European Court of Human Rights told the family it could not accept applications to delay life support.
A last attempt to move Buttersby to a hospice also failed due to “significant and unpredictable risks” associated with moving him.
Following his death on Saturday, the boy’s mother said: “It is with the deepest sympathy and sadness that I inform you that Archie passed away today on 12.15.
“Can I tell you I’m the proudest mom in the world.
“Such a beautiful little boy who fought to the end and I’m proud to be his mom.”
Barts Health NHS Trust, which operates the Royal London Hospital, Say In a statement: “His family is at his bedside and our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with them at this difficult time.
“The Trust would like to thank the medical, nursing and support staff in the paediatric intensive care unit who cared for Archie.
“This tragic case not only affects the family and his carers, but touches the hearts of many across the country.”