Archie died, 12 years old and brain dead

Snap @Anna_Firth on Twitter Archie Battersby, 12, died on August 6, and was at the center of a legal battle over stopping care.

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Archie Battersby, 12, died on August 6, and was at the center of a legal battle over stopping care. (CaptureAnna_Firth on Twitter)

United kingdom – “He fought to the end.” His mother announced that 12-year-old Briton Archie Battersby, who was brain dead four months ago, died on Saturday 6 August after the treatment that kept him alive was stopped after a legal battle.

Archie died at 12:15 this afternoon.Holly Dance, the mother of the little boy, who has been in a coma in a London hospital since April, told TV. He was considered brain dead and in mid-July British Justice allowed the hospital to finish his life-sustaining treatments. “I fought to the end”said hollydance, in tears, “I am very proud to be his mother”.

Very sad news of Archie Battersby passing away, all my thoughts and prayers are with Holly and her family. Thank you to all the NHS nurses and doctors who looked after him until the end »

His parents, Holly Dance and Paul Battersby, who were supported by a Christian organization, had to decide to let their son die after exhausting all legal remedies, in the UK and before the European Court of Human Rights.

” I’m broken “

was the hospital ” Clear “ Regarding the fact that there is “There are no other options” The child’s mother said in an interview with Sky News on Friday evening that the care that keeps him alive will stop on Saturday at 10:00 am (9:00 am GMT).

‘It was very difficult’She said , ” I’m broken “. “I did everything I promised my little boy to do.”She said.

The parents have taken final legal appeals to have their son released from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, and taken to a hospice to finish treatment, to no avail.

“Given the family’s wishes and motives, the equipment in the nursing home, what Archie wanted, the risks of the transfer and his increasingly fragile health, (…) I think it’s in his best interest to stay in the hospital in order to stop treatment”The judge at the High Court in London said on Friday. The hospital considered his condition too unstable to be transferred “It is very likely to accelerate the deterioration that parents fear.”

She died as a result of a social media challenge

Archie was found unconscious at his home on April 7 and has not regained consciousness since. According to his mother, he was going to participate in a challenge on social networks, called the Blackout Challenge, which consisted of holding his breath until his death. His parents claimed to have seen signs of life but for the medical profession, his condition is hopeless, justifying stopping treatment. Note that the two girls, Lalani Erika Renee Walton and Ariani Jaileen Arroyo, ages 8 and 9, died in 2021 due to this blackout challenge.

In a press release Friday evening, the group of hospitals responsible for Archie Battersby’s care expressed this “Deep sympathy” to the little boy’s family. “In accordance with the court order, we will work with the family to prepare to stop treatment, but will not make any changes to Archie’s care until the outstanding legal issues are resolved.”The statement continued.

In the recent past, the United Kingdom has already been marked by two similar cases. In April 2018, 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who had a rare neurodegenerative disease, died after a long legal battle by his parents against stopping treatment. His parents had notable support from Pope Francis, who made several appeals to preserve the boy’s life.

In 2017, Charlie Jard, who had a rare genetic disease, died shortly before his first birthday, after artificial ventilation was stopped despite multiple pleas from his parents.

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