His family has confirmed that Archie Battersbee died in the hospital after his life support was removed.
Since his mother Hollie Dance discovered him unresponsive at his Southend, Essex, home in April, the 12-year-old had been in a severe coma.
A mix of medical procedures, such as breathing and medication treatments, were keeping him alive.
Speaking through tears in front of the Royal London Hospital, Ms. Dance claimed that at 12.15 on Saturday, her son passed away when the medical care was stopped.
She said, “I would just like to say I am the proudest mother in the world,” in an emotional declaration.
He was such a charming youngster. He battled all the way to the end, and I couldn’t be more proud to be his mother.
Ella Carter, another relative, described the agony the family was going through as “barbaric” as she related the 12-year-dying old’s moments.
Before they fully eliminated ventilation and he turned absolutely blue, his statistics had been constant for two hours, she claimed.
‘Watching a family member or a child suffocate lacks all sense of dignity.
“No family should ever have to go through what we have — it is barbaric,” one family member said.
Then Ms. Carter and Archie’s mother sobbed, hugged, and fell on the ground before reentering the hospital slowly.
In recent days, Archie’s parents filed requests with the High Court, Court of Appeal, and European Court of Human Rights to have him transferred to a hospice to die after a protracted legal battle over the discontinuation of therapy.
Ms. Dance argued that she had fulfilled all of her promises to her son after a last-ditch request for intervention from the European Court of Human Rights was turned down on Friday.
She expressed feeling “quite devastated” in an interview with Sky News, claiming the day had been “just dreadful.”
She broke down and added, “I don’t think there has been a day that hasn’t been horrific truly for the last however many weeks since April 7.”
It’s been incredibly difficult, Ms. Dance continued. Despite my seeming tough exterior in front of the cameras up until now, I’ve actually been quite broken.
She claimed that the hospital had made it plain that there were no more options and that Saturday at 10 am, life support will be turned off.
Ms. Dance responded “No” when asked if there was anything else she could do. I’ve fulfilled all of my commitments to my young son. And I completed it.
On Saturday morning, supporters delivered flowers to the hospital.
Shelley Elias, 43, said she had come to the Royal London Hospital because ‘I wanted his mum Hollie and the family to know I was thinking of them’.
Mrs. Elias, an east Londoner and mother of two who claimed to have only a passing acquaintance with Archie’s mother, brought flowers, a card, and some candles.
She claimed, “There are no words that can soothe the sorrow, so I had no idea what to write.
I merely wanted the mother and her family to be aware of my support.
It just puts things into perspective that my son, who is 12 years old, is the same age as Archie. You simply feel as though you have nothing to complain about in life when things like these occur.
In an impromptu memorial at a statue in front of the hospital, candles glowed in the shape of the letter “A” and also formed a love heart around a card bearing Archie’s name.
It was created by passers-by who said they wanted to show their support.
Archie was a fit and healthy aspiring gymnast until he was found unconscious at home on April 7 this year.
Ms Dance has said she believes he was taking part in a dangerous online ‘blackout’ challenge.
The ‘bleak’ medical background to the case is set out in the court judgements which have been written up after each unsuccessful legal hearing.
On July 25, Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division of the High Court, referred to a ‘short but devastating’ summary of the ‘all-embracing nature of the damage that has resulted from the original brain injury’ given by a consultant paediatric intensivist.
He wrote: ‘The description given is more, far, far more, than that of a boy who is simply “on a ventilator”.’
According to a nurse quoted in the ruling, no member of the medical staff “witnessed any evidence of spontaneous life” in Archie while he was in the hospital.
It stated that they “all feel really sad for this family” and that they “find it distressing to care for someone who they know has an irreversible injury and regrettably, every intervention feels pointless.”
‘Archie’s condition and the awful predicament that he and his family are in have achieved widespread Press and media publicity, much of which has included a photograph showing Archie as a most engaging boy,’ the ruling, which confirmed that doctors could legally stop giving the schoolboy life-support treatment, continued.
Tragically, Archie is no longer the youngster in the picture as a result of the terrible brain injury he suffered on April 7.
He is someone whose entire bodily function is currently maintained by artificial means, as shown by the thorough description provided by Mr. Justice Hayden and verified in the succinct report of Nurse G.
Ms. Dance talked about the torturous legal battle and the nasty social media trolls in an interview with the Daily Mail.
I’ve never lied about anything, the woman claimed. People don’t think my candor and openness about everything that has occurred is sufficient.
I received a message claiming that Archie is “rotting” and “should be six feet under.” Even strangers have pledged to visit the hospital and remove the man’s life support on their own.
I know I’ve done a great job as Archie’s mother, Ms. Dance continued. I was determined to be the best mother I could be because of my own upbringing, and I believe I have achieved that.