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Archie Battersbee's family denied permission to take fight for his life to UN

The family of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee have been denied permission to take their life-support treatment fight to the UN by the Court of Appeal.

The youngster has remained on mechanical ventilation since April 7, when his mother, Hollie Dance, found him unconscious with a ligature over his head.

Doctors treating Archie at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, think he is brain-stem dead and say continued life-support treatment is not in his best interests.

On Monday, senior appeal judges upheld a ruling by a High Court judge who concluded that doctors could lawfully stop providing life-support treatment to Archie.

Archie’s parents, Ms Dance and Paul Battersbee – who are separated but both live in Southend, Essex, had mounted an appeal bid and argued that Mr Justice Hayden had made errors after High Court hearing.

A lawyer representing them said after the appeal ruling that their fight would continue.

‘Archie’s family are devastated,’ said David Foster, who is based at law firm Moore Barlow.

‘The family maintain that fair and proper balance was not carried out when looking at Archie’s best interests and will appeal directly to the European Court of Human Rights, or the United Nations, as a result.’

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