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Archie Battersbee’s life support treatment to end at 2pm tomorrow says harrowing letter

Archie Battersbee’s family have been told by letter how the little boy will have his life support treatment removed tomorrow in a procedure they today branded ‘cruel and wrong’.

Barts Health NHS Trust said in the note to his parents Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee ‘all fluid infusions, medications, including vasopressin will be stopped’ at 2pm on August 1.

In one heartbreaking sentence it warns them only immediately family will be allowed into the room, meaning others will be banned.

And in another particularly insensitive part of the message the trust says a doctor will need to ‘assess Archie regularly to confirm that the heart has stopped beating’.

One of the little boy’s aunts had been booked on a flight to come over from Italy to see him but will now no longer be able to under the…


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