Archie Battersby, the boy at the center of a UK court battle, dies after life support system is exhausted

After four months in a coma, a 12-year-old boy died Saturday at a London hospital.

Doctors had stopped the life-sustaining treatment that his family had tried to continue.

Hollie Dance, Archie Battersbee’s mother, stated that her son had died around 12:15 p.m. two hours after the hospital withdrew treatment.

British courts rejected the family's request to extend treatment and to move Archie into a hospice.

They ruled that neither of these moves was in the best interest of the child.

Dance wept as she stood in front of the hospital. Dance said, "He was such a beautiful little boy. He fought right to the end."

This legal dispute is just one of a number of highly public British cases where parents and doctors have argued over who is more qualified to make decisions regarding a child's medical treatment.

This has led to a debate about whether there is a better way to resolve such disputes outside of the courts.

Archie was found unconscious in his home with a ligature covering his head. His parents suspect he was taking part in an internet challenge that went wrong.

"The events over the past few weeks have raised many important issues, including questions about how death is defined and decided upon.

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