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Final farewell: Archie Battersby’s life support equipment will expire on Saturday

Archie Battersby’s family has been told that his life support will expire on Saturday UK time, after they lost their last appeal.

The 12-year-old was found with a bandage over his head after a dare on social media at home in southeast England, on April 7 this year.

The young man suffered brain damage in a “strange accident” and has not responded since.

Earlier on Friday, Holly Dance and Paul Battersby lost a last-ditch legal attempt to get their son, 12, out of the Royal London Hospital and into a nursing home, The Sun reported.

They wanted him to be able to “spend his last moments” in peace – without nurses and doctors.

The parents went to the Court of Appeal in an attempt to appeal the Supreme Court’s ruling, but the ruling was overturned.

The Supreme Court ruled that the move was not in Archie’s best interest, describing the risks as “significant and unpredictable”.

His family has been told his life-sustaining treatment will be withdrawn from 10 a.m. Saturday, according to an announcement from Christian Concern.

A spokesman for the group said: “All legal avenues have been exhausted.”

“The family is broken and spending precious time with Archie.”

Barts Health NHS Trust said its position remained that no changes would be made to Archie’s care “until the outstanding legal issues are resolved”.

In her ruling, Judge Ms Theiss said Archie must remain in hospital when treatment is withdrawn.

It echoed the concerns of the health trust responsible for Archie’s care, who found the boy’s condition too precarious to be transferred.

Doctors fear that the ambulance trip will “likely accelerate the early deterioration that the family would like to avoid”.

The family has now lodged an appeal against the judge’s decision.

Mrs. Judge Theiss granted a delay in withdrawing Archie’s treatment until 2pm on Friday to allow time for an appeal.

Holly criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling – which was reached late Thursday night but only published on Friday morning – as “sick and outrageous” in an interview with Sky News.

“The authorities denied all our wishes as a family,” she added.

“We’re broken but we keep going, because we love Archie and refuse to let go of him.”

Holly previously described the rejection of Archie’s transfer as “inhuman” and said it was “totally barbaric and absolutely disgusting that we are not even allowed to choose where Archie takes his last moments”.

It was revealed that Holly could give her son mouth-to-mouth if doctors pulled oxygen when his devices were turned off.

The mother has vowed to “keep giving him oxygen” if doctors turn off the 12-year-old’s machine and “will do anything” to keep him alive.

A spokesperson for the campaign organization Christian Legal Center – who support the family – told The Sun that giving her son a mouthful “might be what Holly should turn to”.

He referred to the “painful” case of young Alfie Evans, whose parents waged a legal battle similar to what happened with Archie when doctors wanted his devices turned off.

Alfie Tom’s father gave the boy his mouth to keep Death Alive in his devastating final moments.

It comes after the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday rejected Holly and Paul’s latest appeal to keep Archie’s life support running – leaving Holly “completely shrunken”.

A spokesperson for the European Court of Human Rights said it had received a request from representatives of Archie’s parents under Article 39 that allows it to apply “provisional measures” in “exceptional” cases where “it considers that the applicant faces a real risk, of irreversible harm if the measure is not applied” .

“(But) the requests do not appear to contain an express request for the court to take specific action under Article 39 of the Court’s Regulations,” the spokesperson said.

“With regard to the Convention’s complaints under Sections 6 and 8, as it relates to a motion to transfer Archie Battersby to a nursing home due to his withdrawal from treatment, the Chief Justice has determined that these complaints fall outside the scope of Rule 39.”

The next day, the family applied to the High Court to move Archie from the Royal London Hospital to a hospice for his last hours.

“If Archie is deprived of oxygen if life support devices are removed, I will continue to give him oxygen,” Holly said in a statement.

“I pray the Supreme Court will do the right thing. If they refuse to allow us to take him to hospice and receive palliative oxygen, it would simply be inhumane and nothing to do with Archie’s ‘dignity.’”

The entire system has been stacked against us.

“Reform should now come through Charlie’s Act so parents don’t have to go through this.

“We will fight to the end for Archie’s right to life.”

The family’s lawyers had until 9am on Thursday to lodge their appeal to the High Court for their young son’s transfer from the Royal London Hospital.

Holly, Heartbroken, confirmed the family’s intentions to continue fighting court decisions, calling them “so utterly barbaric and disgusting that we’re not even allowed to choose where Archie takes his last moments.”

“We will fight to the bitter end. We will fight for my son’s right to live,” I vowed previously.

He is being kept alive through a range of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug therapy, at the hospital in east London.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission.

Originally published as Final Goodbye: Archie Battersby’s life support will end on Saturday

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