Archie Battersbee’s dad ‘suffers heart attack or stroke’ before judge rules son’s life support CAN be switched off

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THE father of a 12-year-old boy in a coma Archie, suffered “a heart attack or stroke” shortly before judges ruled his son’s life support can be switched off.

Archie Battersbee suffered “catastrophic” brain damage three months ago and has not regained consciousness since.

He is thought to have been taking part in a social media challenge at his home in Southend, Essex, in April when tragedy struck.

Earlier this month, the High Court agreed with doctors at the Royal London ­Hospital that further treatment was “futile”.

His parents Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee today lost their appeal to overrule the decision to end his life support in a devastating blow to their months-long legal fight.

Shortly before the decision was made, a lawyer representing the family told the judges Archie’s dad had been rushed to hospital.

Paul, who is in his 50s, may have suffered a heart attack or a stroke.

Archie’s mum also claimed she had seen indications that Archie – who is attached to a ventilator – had twice tried to breathe for himself in the last few days.

The family’s lawyer asked judges to delay their ruling – but the family’s request was refused.

Archie has shown no “discernible” brain activity since the tragic accident, judge Mr Justice Hayden earlier ruled.

Hollie and Paul claimed the decision had “errors” and wanted another judge to look at the case.

Their legal team claimed Mr Justice Hayden had not given “real or proper weight” to Archie’s wishes and religious beliefs.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Family Division of the High Court, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Peter Jackson handled the appeal and heard arguments about what moves are in Archie’s best interests.

They today ruled that doctors can lawfully stop providing life-support treatment.

Mr Justice Hayden described what happened to Archie as a “tragedy of immeasurable dimensions” in his ruling this month.

He said medical evidence was “compelling and unanimous” and painted a “bleak” picture.

Archie’s parents are being support by campaign organisation the Christian Legal Centre.

Andrea Williams, its chief executive, said outside court: “I am very disappointed that they have not adjourned this decision given that Mr Battersbee has been taken to hospital.

“I’ve been in touch with Archie’s mother – she is disgusted.”

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