Skip to content

Archie, 12 and brain dead, has died

Capture @Anna_Firth on Tweeter Archie Battersbee, 12, died on August 6, he was at the heart of a legal battle around the cessation of care.

Capture @Anna_Firth on Tweeter

Archie Battersbee, 12, died on August 6, he was at the heart of a legal battle around the cessation of care. (Capture @Anna_Firth on Tweeter)

UK – “He fought until the very end.” Archie Battersbee, the 12-year-old Briton who has been brain dead for four months, died on Saturday August 6 after the cessation of treatment that kept him alive after a legal battle, his mother announced.

“Archie died at 12:15 p.m. today”, Hollie Dance, the mother of the young boy, who had been kept in a coma in a London hospital since April, told television. He was considered brain dead and British justice had authorized the hospital in mid-July to end the treatments that keep him alive. “He fought until the very end”said Hollie Dance, in tears, “so proud to be his mom”.

Very sad news of the passing of Archie Battersbee, all my thoughts and prayers are with Hollie and her family. Thank you to all the NHS nurses and doctors who cared for him until the end »

His parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, who were supported by a Christian organization, had to resolve to let their son die after having exhausted all legal remedies, in the United Kingdom and before the European Court of Human Rights. (ECHR).

” I am broken “

The hospital was ” very clear “ as to the fact that there is “no other options” and that the care that keeps him alive would be interrupted on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. GMT), the child’s mother said in an interview with Sky News on Friday evening.

“It was very hard”she said, ” I am broken “. “I did everything I promised my little boy to do”she said.

The parents had taken final legal challenges to have their son discharged from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, and transferred to a hospice for the termination of treatment, to no avail.

“Taking into account the wishes of the family and their motivations, the equipment in the care home, what Archie would have wanted, the risks of a transfer and his increasingly fragile health, (…) I think that it is in his interest to stay in the hospital for the cessation of treatment”, said the judge at the High Court in London on Friday. The hospital considered his condition too unstable for a transfer, which could “very likely to accelerate the degradation feared by the parents”

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 would have participated in a challenge on social networks, called a blackout challenge, consisting of holding his breath until he passed out. His parents claimed to have seen signs of life but for the medical profession, his case is hopeless, justifying the cessation of treatment. Note that two girls, Lalani Erika Renee Walton and Arriani Jaileen Arroyo, 8 and 9 years old, died in 2021 because of this blackout challenge.

In a press release on Friday evening, the hospital group responsible for the care of Archie Battersbee expressed its “deep sympathy” towards the family of the young boy. “As ordered by the courts, we will work with the family to prepare for the cessation of treatment, but we will not make any changes to Archie’s care until the outstanding legal issues are resolved”the statement continued.

The United Kingdom has in the recent past already been marked by two other comparable cases. In April 2018, a 23-month-old child, Alfie Evans, suffering from a rare neurodegenerative disease died after a long legal battle by his parents against the cessation of treatment. His parents had notably received the support of Pope Francis, who had launched several appeals for the maintenance of the boy’s life.

In 2017, Charlie Gard, suffering from a rare genetic disease, died shortly before his first birthday, after the cessation of artificial ventilation despite the multiplication of appeals by his parents.

See also on The HuffPost: Conjoined twins separated using virtual reality in Brazil

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.