Archie Battersbee’s family to appeal to High Court to allow him to die in hospice

She told Sky News: “I just have to express my deepest condolences to Archie Battersbee’s family. I can’t imagine what he and his family went through.”

She added: “I think in general, yes, parents have sufficient rights. The legal presumption is that parents are acting in the best interests of their children until or unless proven otherwise.”

But “in highly complex – both legal and moral – issues like these” there were competing factors such as medical opinions.

“In these cases, this must also be weighed against the wishes of the parents and many other factors.”

“This is not easy. These are highly, highly complex matters involving detailed questions of medicine and medical ethics and the welfare of the child.”

“And I am confident that our courts and our judges have dealt with these issues incredibly thoroughly and incredibly sensitively and made the right decision.”

‘It’s the end’

It comes as Ms Dance last night admitted the legal battle is over after the European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal to keep Archie on life support.

Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee were denied a motion on Wednesday that would have forced Barts Health NHS Trust to delay Archie’s removal from life support.

The ECtHR’s rejection came after the Supreme Court refused to force the hospital to continue treatment.

Ms Dance had released a statement following the verdict, repeating her vow to “fight to the end for Archie’s right to live” and suggesting the family could launch a new legal challenge so Archie could be treated abroad.

However, when asked by reporters outside Archie’s hospital if this defeat felt any different, she said: “It’s the end. It was the last, wasn’t it? And again our country has failed a 12-year-old child.” Archie Battersbee’s family to appeal to High Court to allow him to die in hospice

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