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Archie Battersbee’s family has been denied permission to take their fight for life-sustaining treatment to the United Nations, but they have been granted more time to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights

The 12-year-old boy from Southend, Essex, has been at the centre of a legal battle over whether or not to withdraw his life-support treatment.
After a High Court judge ruled that doctors could lawfully stop treatment, Archie’s parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal on Monday.
They were given a set period of time – known as a stay – until 2pm on Wednesday to decide what their next step would be before plans to remove Archie from life support were initiated.
On Wednesday, judges agreed to a 24-hour extension of that stay so that they could appeal to the European Court of Human Rights rather than the United Nations.
The United Kingdom follows regulations linked to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which allows individuals and families to file complaints about violations of disabled people’s rights.
According to the charity supporting Archie’s family, a successful UN appeal would have allowed it to ask the UK government to postpone the removal of Archie’s life support.
They claim that the ECHR has a history of rejecting applications from parents in end-of-life situations like Archie’s.
The family is now planning an immediate appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday in the hopes of obtaining permission to appeal to the United Nations.
“It feels wrong that the Court of Appeal has tried to force us down a road that they know will fail and have taken away our rights to take the case to the UN,” Archie’s mother, Ms Dance, said.
All we have asked for since the beginning is that Archie be given more time and that his and our wishes be respected. I will never give up on Archie as long as he is alive – he is too good to give up on.”
Judges were asked to postpone their decision on Monday after learning that Archie’s father had a suspected heart attack and was taken to the hospital shortly before the hearing.
According to a family spokesperson, Paul Battersbee has now been released from the hospital.
A lawyer for Archie’s parents stated that his mother believed her son was attempting to breathe on his own.
However, in a detailed ruling on the appeal bid, Sir Andrew stated that medical staff had seen “no signs of life” in Archie.
He stated that the case received extensive media coverage, including a photograph of Archie, but added, “Archie is no longer the boy in the photograph.”
“He is someone whose every bodily function is now supported artificially.”
Archie sustained “catastrophic” brain damage in a home accident three months ago.