Doctors can stop life-support treatment for Archie Battersbee, a 12-year-old boy suffering with brain damage, a High Court judge has ruled.
Doctors treating Archie Battersbee at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, thought he was "brain-stem dead" following a freak incident at his home.
Archie’s mother has told how she found him unconscious at home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, with a ligature over his head on April 7 and thinks he might have been taking part in an online challenge. He was in cardiac arrest for around half an hour with no pulse, and never regained consciousness.
Medical professionals responsible for his care have long argued that continued treatment is not in his best interests and should end. However, Archie’s parents, Hollie Dance, and Paul Battersbee, disagree.
The latest twist in the protracted legal battle came on Friday morning when Mr Justice Hayden ruled at a hearing in London that Archie’s treatment could lawfully end, as he described what had happened to Archie as a "tragedy of immeasurable dimensions" and that continued treatment “compromises [his] dignity”. He added that he has reached his conclusion with “profound regret”.
The Telegraph understands that Archie’s family are considering their legal options and will be seeking permission to appeal from the Court of Appeal.