What happened to Archie Battersbee? A timeline of his fight for life. Archie Battersbee has died in hospital after weeks of legal battles. The 12-year-old had been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother Hollie Dance in April.
Archie Battersbee, the 12-year-old boy whose parents fought a long-running legal battle to prevent his life support treatment from being removed, has died, his mother has said.
Speaking outside the Royal London hospital, Hollie Dance said he had “fought right until the very end”.
Speaking through tears, she said: “In sadness, Archie passed at 12.15pm today. I would just like to say I am the proudest mum in the world.
“He was such a beautiful little boy. He fought right until the very end and I am so proud to be his mum.”
Ella Carter, a relative of the family, said it was “barbaric” to see the young boy die.
“His stats remained completely stable for two hours until they completely removed ventilation and he went completely blue,” she said.
“There is absolutely nothing dignified about watching a family member or a child suffocate. No family should ever have to go through what we have been through – it is barbaric.”
Supporters of the family came to the hospital with flowers on Saturday morning and created a tribute to Archie in front of the hospital with candles in the shape of the letter A.
Shelley Elias, 43, a mother of two from Stepney, east London, who said she vaguely knew Archie’s mother, brought flowers, a card and some candles. She said: “I did not know what to write because there are no words that will take the pain away.
“I just wanted the mum and her family to know that I am here for them. My boy is 12, the same age as Archie, and this just puts things in perspective.”
Archie Battersbee, the 12-year-old who had been at the centre of a legal battle between his parents and doctors, has died.
His mother, Hollie Dance, said: “Such a beautiful little boy, and he fought right until the very end.”
She said she was “the proudest mum in the world” as she spoke outside the Royal London Hospital in east London, where he died.
Her son’s life support was withdrawn earlier on Saturday.
He died at 12.15 BST, Ms Dance said, adding: “I’m so proud to be his mum.”
Archie had been in hospital since being found unconscious at his home in Southend, Essex, in April.
He suffered severe brain injuries and needed life-sustaining support, including mechanical ventilation and drug treatment. He never regained consciousness.
Ms Dance earlier said she had done everything she promised Archie she would do, but that the hospital had made it clear there were no more options for her son.
She and Paul Battersbee, Archie’s father, had asked the European Court of Human Rights to intervene in the case last week as they fought for life support to be continued, but were told it fell outside its scope.
They then wanted him to be moved to a hospice but the High Court, taking medical evidence into account, ruled he was too unstable to be transported by ambulance.