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ECHR delays boy’s life support withdrawal

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European Court of Human Rights decides to delay boy’s life support withdrawal
The European Court of Human Rights denied a 12-year-old boy’s parents’ last-ditch attempt to keep him on life support.

Archie Battersbee has been in a coma since April and is kept alive by ventilator and pharmacological treatments at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

His parents lodged an application to the Strasbourg court on Wednesday, just hours before Barts Health NHS Trust was to withdraw their son’s life support.

The European court denied the parents’ appeal shortly after 6.30pm, saying it would not “interfere with national court decisions to terminate (Archie’s) life-sustaining therapy.”

Paul and Hollie Battersbee sued over their son’s illness. He hasn’t woken up since his mother found him unconscious on April 7. She believes he competed online.

The British government urged the Court of Appeal to examine a UN committee’s plea to continue treating Archie while it reviews his case.

Three judges refused to delay the removal of life-sustaining therapy past Tuesday noon. They also denied a Supreme Court appeal.

Dance and Battersbee asked for his therapy to continue so the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) could review their complaint last week.

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