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UK boy, 12, taken off life support after highly-publicized court battle

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Archie Battersbee's mother, Hollie Dance, (centre-right) speaking outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, after the High Court judgement on the future of the 12-year-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment dispute aft LONDON (AP) - A 12-year-old boy who had been in a coma for four months died Saturday at a London hospital after doctors ended the life-sustaining treatment his family had fought to continue.Archie Battersbee’s mother, Hollie Dance, said her son died at 12:15 p.m., about two hours after the hospital began withdrawing treatment.

British courts had rejected both the family’s effort to extend treatment and a request to move Archie to a hospice, saying neither move was in the child’s best interests."I’m the proudest mum in the world,″ Dance said as she stood outside the hospital and wept. "Such a beautiful little boy and he fought right until the very end.″RELATED: Sunken jewels, buried treasure uncovered in the Bahamas from iconic 17th century Spanish shipwreckThe legal battle is the latest in a series of very public British cases in which parents and doctors have sparred over who is better qualified to make decisions about a child’s medical care.

That has sparked a debate about whether there’s a more appropriate way to settle such disagreements away from the courts.Archie was found unconscious at home with a ligature over his head on April 7.

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