The mother of Archie Battersbee said she was “heartbroken” when she heard Indi Gregory’s parents were going through the same legal battle she went through to try and save her son.

Hollie Dance, who attended eight-month-old Indi’s funeral on Friday, said she reached out to Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth to offer her support when she learned of their fight to allow their daughter to continue receiving specialist treatment.

Twelve-year-old Archie’s life support was withdrawn on August 6 2022 after Ms Dance and Archie’s dad, Paul Battersbee, failed in bids to overturn a High Court ruling that doctors could lawfully do so.

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Indi Gregory died shortly after her life-support treatment was withdrawn (Joe Giddens/PA)

Speaking to the PA News Agency after Indi’s funeral at Nottingham Cathedral, Ms Dance said the baby girl’s plight left her devastated as her son’s death is still “raw”.

She found her son unconscious with a ligature over his head at home in Southend, Essex, on April 7 last year and was rushed to hospital.

The youngster suffered brain damage and died in August after a High Court judge ruled that ending life support treatment was in his best interests.

Explaining why she decided to offer her support to Indi’s parents, Ms Dance said she did the same when she heard about the case of 20-year-old roofer Andy Casey, who suffered a brain injury after he was punched in the head in July.

She said: “I reached out to let them know I was there for them, supporting them going forward with their fight. I said, whatever you decide to do, just know we are all behind you.

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Hollie Dance, the mother of Archie Battersbee, says she is still fighting for ‘justice’ (Joe Giddens/PA)

“It’s a lot to go through. You really are alone, I didn’t have family with me, my family were my close friends and the support from my hometown and from the rest of the world was amazing.”

Ms Dance said the pain of her son’s death comes flooding back when she hears of families going through similar situations.

She said: “It is still very raw, I’m still fighting in so many ways and I don’t think I’ve been able to grieve for my little boy because you are constantly in fight mode.

“I so want to celebrate Archie’s beautiful life but I can’t because I’m still fighting the system. He was such a beautiful precious child.

“He gave me 12 years of happiness and love. He was such a beautiful little boy. I play his videos and memories every single day.

“It brings it all back. It is still so raw. These beautiful children had life in them. I was fighting because I believed my little boy was there and he had a chance.”

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Dean Gregory and his partner Claire Staniforth lost legal bids in the High Court and Court of Appeal in London for specialists to keep treating their daughter, Indi (Victoria Jones/PA)

Ms Dance says she is still fighting for “justice” after her son’s death.

She said: “We have to do something to try and change this. Parents are powerless in this situation.

“Parents need to have more say, we grow these babies inside us, we carry them, and the fact all your rights are taken away – we weren’t allowed to take Archie to a hospice, or take him home, or the two countries that offered to help us.

“If the parent doesn’t want to fight, that’s totally fine, it’s their choice, but if you are given hope in another country, you should be allowed to do that.”