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Timeline of Archie Battersbee’s life support litigation

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Archie Battersbee’s family have announced the 12-year-old died shortly after his life support was turned off.

Archie’s loved ones have been embroiled in a months-long legal battle with medics who said they should stop treating the child as he was brain dead.

They took their fight to keep him alive to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court, the UN and the European Court of Human Rights.

His mother, Hollie Dance, previously described the months since her son’s injury as an “emotional roller coaster” but sadly it was announced on Saturday that he passed away.

On Thursday, she said: “I don’t think other parents have to go through that.

“I’ve said from day one that I totally understand and respect that some parents choose to do things differently and I, as a person, totally respect other people’s choices and views.

“However, that’s ours and I know Archie is there and because of everything I’ve proved and sort of backed up and because of the things I see – Archie is making progress every day – that’s why I’m ‘keep fighting so hard .”

– 7th of April

Archie suffered an injury at his home in Essex that left him brain damaged. He was found unconscious and has been in intensive care ever since.

His mother believes the incident may have been linked to an online challenge.

– June 13

The High Court ruled doctors could legally switch off Archie’s life support, with a judge saying the boy died in late May.

The court had been ordered to decide what was in Archie’s best interests as doctors wanted to stop treating the boy but had met opposition from the family.

– 20th June

Archie’s family have been granted leave to appeal the High Court’s ruling.

Her attorney argued evidence had not “shown beyond a reasonable doubt” Archie was dead, but the decision was made on a balance of probabilities.

A judge said the Court of Appeals should consider the issue of the standard of evidence.

– June 29th

The family won their hearing before the Court of Appeal, which referred the case back to the High Court for reconsideration.

– 15th of July

The High Court upheld its previous ruling, saying doctors could go ahead and turn off Archie’s life support.

The new judge said: “This court needs to ask itself whether continuing ventilation in this case is in Archie’s best interest.

“With the greatest regret, but based on the most compelling evidence, I have been driven to conclude that this is not the case.”

– July 25th

The Court of Appeal rejected the family’s request to appeal the High Court’s second judgment.

– July 28th

The Supreme Court refused to grant Archie’s family a stay to stop hospital bosses from taking the boy off life support

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