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Archie Battersbee to die in hospital after High Court rejects parent's plea for move to hospice

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The parents of Archie Battersbee have lost a High Court bid to have him transferred to a hospice to die. The 12-year-old has been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother in April and is currently being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

His parents have fought a long-running legal battle over the withdrawal of his treatment, which ultimately failed on Wednesday (August 3) when the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene.

His mother Hollie Dance, and father Paul Battersbee, launched an urgent bid to have him transferred to a hospice to die, resulting in a hearing which ran until late on Thursday night. Read more:Dad, 39, among four missing men feared dead in devastating Oldham mill fire But, in a ruling on Friday morning (August 5), Mrs Justice Theis concluded it was not in Archie’s best interests to be moved.

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