Archie Battersbee’s family is making a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court to stop the removal from life support

Archie Battersbee’s family is making a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court to stop the removal from life support

Archie Battersbee’s family have appealed to the Supreme Court to keep the brain-damaged boy alive longer.

Doctors had been given permission to stop treating the 12-year-old, who has been unconscious for nearly four months, as of Tuesday noon.

The family vowed to ask the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the ruling, which denied a United Nations request that Archie be placed on life support while one of its committees investigated the case.

The hospital said it was preparing to stop treating Archie but was taking no action pending the family’s appeal.

Shortly after noon, the Supreme Court announced that it had received a motion for leave to appeal.

It said Archie’s parents wanted to delay when doctors can take their son off life support – which they have been given permission to do by the High Court.

The family would like a delay to give the UN Disability Rights Committee more time to consider whether removing Archie’s life support would violate its convention.

The Court of Appeal denied the United Nations request on Monday, saying the case was “very strongly in favor” of delaying the removal of life support if Archie’s well-being was at stake.

Archie Battersbee was due to end his support treatment on Tuesday (Hollie Dance/PA) (PA Media)

Archie Battersbee was due to end his support treatment on Tuesday (Hollie Dance/PA) (PA Media)

“Every day that he continues to be placed on life support goes against his best interests,” the lead judge said.

The appeals judges refused permission to appeal their decision to the Supreme Court.

The family have now applied to the UK Supreme Court for leave to appeal, which said three judges are considering whether to allow it.

Archie's parents, Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance, have appealed to the Supreme Court (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire).

Archie’s parents, Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance, have appealed to the Supreme Court (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire).

The Supreme Court said it will provide further updates as they become available.

Archie’s mother, Hollie Dance, said she was praying for an “encouraging response” from the court.

“We have to argue with the hospital about every decision. It’s not dignified how we’re being treated as a family in this situation,” she said.

“We don’t understand what the rush is and why all our wishes are being denied.”

Archie’s mum said she believes her son is “still with us” and is “making progress on so many things”.

Archie suffered a brain injury at home in Essex earlier this year (PA)

Archie suffered a brain injury at home in Essex earlier this year (PA)

Doctors believe Archie is brain dead and say continued life support is not in his best interests.

Archie suffered a brain injury in an incident at his home in Southend, Essex, in April that his mother believes may have been linked to an online challenge.

The 12-year-old boy has not regained consciousness since and is being treated in intensive care at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

An appeals court judge said Archie’s system, organs and heart were “about to be shut down” when he ruled the hospital should stop treating Archie from Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Christian Legal Centre, which supports Archie’s parents’ lawsuit, said the Hospital Trust has confirmed it will not take any steps to stop treatment until the Supreme Court has made a decision.

A family friend said things were “a bit tense” at the Royal London Hospital on Tuesday due to the official closing time for treatment at 12pm.

“The atmosphere is okay because we have the whole family around at the moment,” Ella Carter said.

She also said the family wanted Archie to go to a hospice when his life support is off, with the “seven or eight” security guards outside his room making for a chaotic environment at the hospital.

“If this is Archie’s last few days, it has to be peaceful and there has to be a calm atmosphere, and it’s really quite the opposite,” Ms Carter said.

Additional coverage by Press Association

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