• Archie died at 12:15pm after mechanical ventilation was stopped at the Royal London Hospital earlier today
  • Archie’s family ran out of legal options yesterday as they lost a bid to move him to a hospice to die peacefully
  • The Court of Appeal denied their application to appeal as the hospital said he was too ‘unstable’ to be moved
  • His mother Hollie Dance, 46, said: ‘I’m the proudest mum in the world… he fought right until the very end’
  • Mourners have began paying their respects by leaving flowers and lighting candles outside of the hospital

Tributes have poured in for Archie Battersbee who passed away in hospital at 12.15pm today surrounded by his family after life-support treatment was withdrawn at 10am this morning.

The family also released a new photo of their beloved boy as part of their tribute, showing the youngster smiling while dressed in a smart grey suit and blue bow tie.

Well-wishers have been lighting candles and leaving flowers outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, where Archie was being treated.

Mother Hollie Dance and aunt Ella Carter were among close relatives who told reporters he had died, Hollie said: ‘It is our deepest sadness to tell you all that Archie passed at 12.15 today.

‘Can I just say that I’m the proudest mum in the world, such a beautiful little boy, and he fought right until the very end – and I am so proud to be his mum.’

All were visibly heartbroken, especially as Ms Carter described Archie’s final moments. She said: ‘He was taken off all medication at 10 o’clock. His entire stats remained completely stable for two hours until they reduced ventilation.

‘And then he went completely blue.

‘There is absolutely nothing dignified about watching a family member or a child suffocate. No family should ever have to go through what we’ve been through, it’s barbaric.’

The family comforted each other as they broke down in tears, before turning away and leaving the area.

The 12-year-old had been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother on April 7 and was being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

His family believe he may have been taking part in an online Tiktok challenge after he was found unconscious by his mother with a cord wrapped around his neck.

Chief medical officer at Barts Health NHS Trust Alistair Chesser said: ‘Archie Battersbee passed away on Saturday afternoon at The Royal London Hospital after treatment was withdrawn in line with court rulings about his best interests.

‘Members of his family were present at the bedside and our thoughts and heartfelt condolences remain with them at this difficult time.

‘The trust would like to thank the medical, nursing and support staff in the paediatric intensive care department who looked after Archie following his awful accident.

‘They provided high quality care with extraordinary compassion over several months in often trying and distressing circumstances. This tragic case not only affected the family and his carers but touched the hearts of many across the country.’

Archie’s mother, Hollie Dance, said last night she is ‘broken’, but has done everything she promised Archie she would do in her fight to give him more time.

In an emotional interview with Sky News, she said: ‘The last however many weeks since 7th April, I don’t think there’s been a day that hasn’t been awful really.

‘It’s been really hard. Despite the hard strong face and appearance obviously in front of the cameras up until now, I’ve been pretty broken.’

She said: ‘Archie really is the heart of our family, he is so loved. He leaves an impact wherever he goes. He’s a lovable little boy. Very bubbly – he’s just happy all of the time.’

After fighting to maintain life support treatment in the hope he would recover despite multiple experts testifying to the contrary, the family lost a last-ditch battle to move him to a hospice to die ‘peacefully’ yesterday, after doctors said it was too risky.

His loved ones held on to the hope he would get better, but doctors warned in April he had little chance of recovery, before saying they believed him to be ‘brain stem dead’ – which is considered non-recoverable. Successive courts heard that all of Archie’s bodily functions were dependent on hospital machinery.

Floral and candle tributes are beginning to be left outside the Royal London Hospital in dedication to Archie. Family friends and supporters of their campaign gathered in solidarity outside its entrance.

Shelley Elias, 43, said she had come to the Royal London Hospital because she ‘wanted his mum Hollie and the family to know I was thinking of them’.

Mrs Elias, a mother of two from Stepney, east London, who said she vaguely knew Archie’s mother, brought flowers, a card and some candles.

She said: ‘I did not know what to write because there are no words that will take the pain away. I just wanted the mum and her family to know that I am here for them.

‘My boy is 12, the same age as Archie, and this just puts things in perspective. When things like this happen, you just think “I have nothing to moan about in life”.’

Candles flickered in the shape of the letter ‘A’ and also formed a love heart around a card with Archie’s name in a makeshift tribute at a statue in front of the hospital.

It was created by passers-by who said they wanted to show their support.

Archie’s case is just one of multiple recent tragedies where parents have fought against doctors’ decisions to stop providing life support to their children, after it has been decided it is no longer in their best interests.

Most agree such battles are extremely difficult for all concerned, and there are calls to review current legislation around state and parental rights in order to avoid children’s lives being fought over in similar incidents in the future.

Such cases are always fiercely contested, and the involvement of religious groups can make decisions all the more difficult for family and friends.

Archie’s doctors argued in court that he was almost certainly ‘brain dead’ and further treatment was not in his best interests. They said Archie had suffered ‘irreversible cessation of brain stem function’ and had died at the end of May.

But his family disagreed: Hollie described Archie gripping her hand, opening his eyes and even crying. Doctors ran tests in the wake of this but found no improvement in Archie’s condition.

Archie’s mother previously said: ‘I know I’ve done a very good job being Archie’s mum. Based on my own childhood I was determined to be as good as a mother as I can possibly be and I feel like I have done that to the very best of my ability. It’s one of the reasons I am here.’

She continued: ‘All I have ever asked is to get him to six months – where is the harm in that for them? They have spent a fortune on legal fees fighting me in court – money they could have spent on Archie’s care and others’.’

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