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Archie Battersbee’s life support to be turned off at 10am tomorrow as family spends 'precious time' at bedside

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Tragic Archie Battersbee’s life support will be switched off in hospital at 10am on Saturday after his devoted parents lost a long-running court battle with all legal routes now "exhausted".

Campaign group Christian Concern announced that his loved ones had been told tonight that the 12-year-old's life-supporting treatment would end - before the European Court of Human Rights then said it will not intervene in the case.The latest developments come after Archie's family lost their latest legal bid to have him transferred from hospital to a hospice to die before announcing they intended to continue their efforts at the ECHR, the Mirror reports.Parents Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, who are separated but both live in Southend, Essex, applied to the Court of Appeal today after losing a High Court bid to have him moved to a hospice before his life-sustaining treatment is withdrawn.The Court of Appeal confirmed shortly after 6.30pm that permission to appeal had been refused.

Christian Concern then announced the boy's family had been told his life-sustaining treatment will be withdrawn from 10am on Saturday.In response, Barts Health NHS Trust said its position remained the same in that no changes will be made to Archie's care "until the outstanding legal issues are resolved".His parents had fought a long-running legal battle over the withdrawal of treatment, which ultimately failed on Wednesday when the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene in that initial battle.

Their focus then shifted to trying to get their son moved to a hospice but, in a ruling at the High Court this morning, Mrs Justice Theis concluded it was not in Archie's best interests to be moved.And the ECHR has now refused to intervene in that

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