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Archie Battersbee's dad 'has stroke' before judges rule he should let son die

The father of Archie Battersbee, a 12-year-old boy at the centre of a life-support dispute, has suffered a suspected heart attack or stroke.

The distressing news came just before appeal judges ruled that doctors can lawfully stop providing life-support treatment to Archie – despite his family’s pleas to continue it.

It is not known exactly when Paul Battersbee fell ill, but a lawyer on Monday told three appeal judges that he had been taken to hospital.

Archie is in a comatose state after suffering ‘catastrophic’ brain damage three months ago, with medics saying he is dead.

But his parents have said they will ‘not give up their fight’, with his mum Hollie saying on Monday that she has seen indications he has twice tried to breathe independently in the last few days.

News of Mr Battersbee’s suspected serious illness had been shared with the court and the family had asked to postpone the ruling.

But judges refused to delay it, and gave doctors permission to stop providing treatment to Archie today.

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