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Archie Battersbee: I hope my son can have a chance to die peacefully – I know I did everything I could

ARCHIE Battersbee’s mother has said she did everything she could to fight for her son after being told his life support will end on Saturday.

Yesterday Hollie Dance, 46, and Paul Battersbee, 56, lost a final legal offer to take their 12-year-old boy out of the Royal London Hospital and into a hospice.

Archie Battersbee's mother, Hollie Dance, said she knew she had done everything she could

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Archie Battersbee’s mother, Hollie Dance, said she knew she had done everything she couldCredit: PA
Doctors have said they believe Archie's condition is too unstable to transfer him

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Doctors have said they believe Archie’s condition is too unstable to transfer himPhoto credit: Universal News & Sports
Archie's parents went before the Court of Appeal but failed in the final attempt to have him placed in a hospice

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Archie’s parents went before the Court of Appeal but failed in the final attempt to have him placed in a hospiceCredit: PA

His desperate parents wanted him to be able to spend his “last moments” in peace – without nurses and doctors.

Hollie and Paul went to the Court of Appeal to challenge the High Court ruling but it was shot down last night.

Crushed mum Hollie said: “I know I did everything I could. All. I know I’ve done a very good job as Archie’s mother.

“Because of my own childhood, I was determined to be the best mother I could be and I feel like I did that to the best of my ability. That’s one of the reasons I’m here.”

She told the Daily Mail of her frustration with the legal case: “All I’ve ever asked is to take it to six months – where’s the harm to her in that?

“They spent a fortune on legal fees fighting me in court – money they could have spent on Archie’s care and that of others.

“At its core, it was about a mother’s love, but also about her rights. At what point did Archie’s father and I lose our parental rights to decide what we want for our child?”

This question is one of the reasons Hollie disagrees with so much of what the doctors have told her, as Archie’s condition is considered too unstable to sustain a transfer.

The tragic ordeal was incredibly stressful, and with the support of charity Christian Concern, they frequently stayed up into the early hours to attend frantic court appointments.

And Hollie has said that while “the pressure has been immense,” she can’t “break down” while fighting for her son.

The mum added: “We kept being told at the last minute that we had until 9am the next day to sort our submissions. It was very difficult.

“The whole time I didn’t have a chance to process everything that happened.

“Perhaps that is why I was never surprised by the results. Upset, of course, but not surprised because it felt like the odds were against us from the start.

“Most of the time it felt less like a hearing and more like a trial, like I was in court.”

Hollie admits she gets some sleep but often wakes up every 40 minutes to check Archie’s machines.

All I’ve known is that I can’t let go of my vigilance and break down emotionally because once I do I won’t have the strength to fight for my little boy.”

Holly Dance, 46

Archie was found with a ligature over his head at home in Southend, Essex on April 7 this year following a social media scale.

His mother believes he took part in an incredibly dangerous online “blackout” challenge – also known as the “choking” challenge.

The youngster suffered brain damage in the “freak accident” and has not been responsive since then.

Hollie also had to deal with cruel social media trolls who relentlessly targeted her, accusing her of everything from a liar to an unfit mother.

She told the publication: “Others have published my address, which is endangering the safety of my son and daughter.

“I try not to get involved because for every troll there are a thousand wonderful people out there and those bad souls aren’t important, but it’s hard.

“Everyone who has been seen coming into court with me and who has also been targeted has sent vile messages on social media.”

It was revealed on Wednesday that Hollie may be giving her son mouth-to-mouth if doctors withdraw oxygen when his machines are off.

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The mother has vowed to “continue to give him oxygen” if doctors turn off the 12-year-old’s machine and is “willing to do anything” to keep him alive.

Some critics acknowledge her deep love for her son, but passionately believe Hollie should put her faith in the experts.

Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee have fought time and time again for their son's right to life

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Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee have fought time and time again for their son’s right to lifePhoto credit: Darren Fletcher
Archie has been unconscious since he was found at his home in Southend, Essex on April 7

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Archie has been unconscious since he was found at his home in Southend, Essex on April 7Credit: company

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