Archie Battersbee’s family, including mum Hollie Dance (right), were ‘devastated’ after the latest failed court bid (Picture: PA/AP)

Archie Battersbee’s mum insisted she did ‘everything she could’ to keep the 12-year-old alive as she prepared for his life support to be withdrawn.

The family were left ‘devastated’ after the courts refused them permission to move the schoolboy to a hospice, where he could die with ‘dignity’ surrounded by his loved ones.

They have been spending precious time with the youngster after being told his treatment would be withdrawn by hospital bosses at 10am on Saturday.

Speaking to the Daily Mail after all legal avenues were exhausted, Archie’s mum, Hollie Dance, said: ‘I know I did everything I could. Everything.’

She added: ‘I know I’ve done a very good job being Archie’s mum. Based on my own childhood I was very determined to be as good a mother as I can possibly be and I feel like I have done that to the very best of my ability. It’s one of the reasons I am here.’

Family handout photo of Archie Battersbee in hospital (Picture: PA)
Hollie Dance kissing her son as he lies in bed (Picture: PA)
One of the cards made for Archie (Picture: PA)
A visitor wears a jacket emblazoned with the schoolboy’s name (Picture: PA)

Archie was fit and healthy until April of this year, when Ms Dance found him unconscious at their home in Southend, Essex, on April 7.

He suffered a catastrophic brain injury in what she believes was an attempt at a dangerous social media ‘blackout’ challenge and has remained in a deep coma since being brought into hospital.

The schoolboy is being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments.

Doctors treating him for the last four months declared him to be ‘brain-stem dead’, prompting a lengthy but ultimately failed legal battle by his family to continue his life support treatment in the hope the unconscious boy would recover.

A photo of Archie before the accident (Picture: PA)

The medics looking after Archie have not had a platform to explain their decisions, or the reasons behind them.

But the ‘bleak’ medical background to the case is set out in the court judgements which have been written up after each unsuccessful legal hearing.

On July 25, Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division of the High Court, referred to a ‘short but devastating’ summary of the ‘all-embracing nature of the damage that has resulted from the original brain injury’ given by a consultant paediatric intensivist.

He wrote: ‘The description given is more, far, far more, than that of a boy who is simply “on a ventilator”.’

The judgement refers to a nurse who says none of the medical staff have ‘witnesses any sign of spontaneous life’ in Archie during his time in hospital.

They find it ‘upsetting to look after someone who they know has an irreversible injury and sadly, every intervention feels futile’, and ‘all feel incredibly sad for this family’, it adds.

The ruling goes on: ‘Archie’s condition and the awful predicament that he and his family are in have achieved widespread Press and media publicity, much of which has included a photograph showing Archie as a most engaging boy.

‘Tragically, the consequence of the catastrophic brain injury that he sustained on the April 7 is that Archie is no longer the boy in the photograph.

‘He is, as the detailed description given by Mr Justice Hayden and confirmed in the short account of Nurse G demonstrate, someone whose every bodily function is now maintained by artificial means.’

Ms Dance speaking to the media last week (Picture: PA)

Reflecting on the legal battle, Ms Dance, 46, told the Mail that ‘most of the time it has felt less like a hearing’ and more ‘like I was on trial’.

She also said ‘there has been constant bullying on social media’, with trolls messaging to tell her Archie is ‘rotting’ and ‘should be six-feet under’.

Ms Dance described receiving ‘offers from all over the world’ to treat her son, but said the family has ‘not been allowed to even consider them’.

She said: ‘As his mother, I have had to explore every option. If my gut was telling me there was no chance for my son it might have been different, but I’ve educated myself, and strongest of all is a mother’s instinct that my son is in there.’

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