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12-year-old Archie Battersbee died Saturday after being taken off life support, following a legal battle between his parents, doctors, and the court system in which the British Supreme Court ruled to have doctors remove the comatose boy from the life-saving equipment.
Archie had been in a coma since April 7, when his mother, Hollie Dance, found him unconscious with something tied around his neck at their home in Southend, Essex. Dance said that the accident may have been caused by an online challenge, reported the New York Times.
“Can I just say I’m the proudest mum in the world — such a beautiful little boy, and he fought right until the very end,” said Dance to reporters outside the Royal London Hospital, where Archie was being treated. “And I’m so proud to be his mum.”
Judges, with opinions from the doctors, found that Archie’s brain damage was too severe, and that the burdens of treating his condition “along with the total lack of a prospect of recovery” outweighed the benefits of keeping him alive.
Archie’s family appealed the rulings, arguing that their Christian beliefs allow Archie to die at a time “chosen by God.” They also said that based on thoughts that Archie had expressed to them prior to the accident, his intention would be to continue on life support.
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