Archie Battersbee dies: Family lashes out on ‘barbaric’ experience as young boy’s life support is turned off

A 12-year-old British boy who captured the hearts and minds of people around the world when he suffered devastating brain damage has died after his life support was finally turned off.

Archi Battersbee was at the center of a lengthy legal dispute after he was seriously injured in an incident at his home in Essex in April.

He has been in a coma ever since, with doctors claiming that his ventilator had to be turned off because he was “brainstem dead”.

His parents, Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance, fought the decision all the way through the court, arguing that Archie’s heart was still beating and that he had grabbed his mother’s hand.

But last week, both the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court dismissed appeals.

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