Doctors Want to Remove Boy’s Life Support Without His Parents’ Consent

( – The United Kingdom is once again debating brain death. In recent years there have been several high-profile disputes between parents who want to keep their child alive and the National Health Service. Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans, Pippa Knight , and are the best-known names.

At the centre of the latest heart-rending fight is 12-year-old Archie Battersbee. His mother found him unconscious at their home on April 7. He never recovered. His heart is beating, but doctors say that he is brain-stem dead and should be removed from life support.

His parents have resisted this, but last week the High Court agreed. Mrs. Justice Arbuthnot concluded Archie had died at noon on May 31. CONTINUE