Judge rules doctors should test whether 12-year-old boy with brain damage is dead
A 12-year-old boy who suffered "catastrophic" brain damage will be examined by specialists next week for tests to try and establish if he is dead.
A High Court judge concluded late on Friday that a brain-stem test would be in Archie Battersbee’s best interests. She had been told by a doctor told her that the brain stem was responsible for the functions which kept people alive.
Mrs Justice Arbuthnot was told that specialists treating Archie, who is currently at the centre of a life-support treatment dispute, thought it “highly likely” the youngster was dead. He is being treated at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.
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A spokeswoman for the hospital’s governing trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, said, …
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