Posted BY: Teresa | NwoReport

A mother today said her brain-damaged son is ‘stable’ and vowed not to give up after a judge told doctors bidding to turn off the 12-year-old’s life support that they can test him for brain death.

Archie Battersbee, 12, a keen gymnast, has not regained consciousness since suffering ‘catastrophic’ brain damage in an incident at home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, more than a month ago, when he was found unresponsive with a ligature around his neck. 

Specialists at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, think it ‘highly likely’ the youngster is dead and say life-support treatment should end. 

But a High Court judge ruled on Friday that a brain-stem test to determine whether or not he is actually brain-dead would be in his best interest.

Writing on Facebook earlier today, his mother Hollie Dance said: ‘Sorry I’ve been a bit distant. Feeling broken but I’m not giving up. 

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‘Arch is stable this morning although the machine’s going a bit berserk not sure why. I’m going to do a live prayer tomorrow and hopefully video Arch for you all to help heal him.’