Archie Battersbee’s life support will be withdrawn Saturday morning

Archie Battersbee’s family has been informed that his life support is due to be withdrawn Saturday morning after his legal struggle to transfer him from the hospital to a hospice came to an end.

A final appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to intervene in the case was rejected on Friday, following a Supreme Court ruling that he must remain at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

His parents have fought a long legal battle over withdrawing treatment and in recent days have made proposals to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights that he be transferred to a hospice to die.

Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance fought a long legal battle to withdraw treatment (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The 12-year-old boy has been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother in April and is being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments.

His family has been informed that the treatment will be withdrawn at 10am on Saturday.

A spokesperson for campaign group Christian Concern, which is supporting Archie’s family, told the PA news agency: “All legal avenues have been exhausted.

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

The Barts Health NHS Trust did not immediately update its statement, referring to its previous position which said that no changes will be made to Archie’s care “until outstanding legal issues are resolved”.

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Archie Battersbee has been in the hospital since April (Family/PA)

In a Supreme Court ruling Friday morning, Ms. Theis concluded that it was not in Archie’s best interest to be transferred to a hospice, and the Court of Appeal rejected permission to appeal this decision.

Christian Concern said the family wanted to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision on the grounds that there was a violation of articles six and eight of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Article 6 is the right to a fair trial and Article 8 is the right to respect for private and family life.

But a spokesperson for the European court said it had received a request from representatives of Archie’s parents under rule 39 that allows for “interim measures” to be applied in “exceptional” cases, and that complaints were “out of the scope” of that rule and for not intervene.

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Archie’s life support must be withdrawn Saturday morning (Family/PA)

Judges at the Court of Appeal said that Ms. Theis in the Supreme Court addressed “comprehensively each of the points raised on behalf of the parents”.

The judge judges said they “came to the clear conclusion that each of her decisions was right for the reasons she gave.”

They added: “It follows that the proposed appeal has no prospect of success and there is no other compelling reason for the Court of Appeal to hear an appeal.”

The Court of Appeal judges also said that one of the arguments put forward by Archie’s parents was “legally flawed”, adding: “It’s also not easy to understand as it seeks to argue that Archie’s best interests are no longer relevant.”

Doctors who have treated the student for the past four months declared that Archie was “brain dead”, sparking a long but unsuccessful legal battle for his family to continue his life-support treatment in hopes that he would recover.

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