On August 2nd, doctors at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, claimed they would withdraw Archie Battersbee’s treatment of life support, but his parents filed a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court to boy their son more time. In April, the 12-Year-Old had been found unconscious at his home in Southend, Essex, after suffering traumatic brain injuries.
Archie’s mum, Hollie, suspects the injuries were due to him taking part in an online challenge, and since then, to date, he hasn’t regained consciousness.
Hollie DanceSo far, Archie has relied on medical ventilation so far, but a High Court Judge ruled in July that he should be allowed to die. His parents have also recently lost a Supreme Court bid to block the withdrawal of the life-sustaining treatment. Sir Andrew McFarlane explained the court’s decision: “Every day that [Archie] continues to be given life-sustaining treatment is against his best interests.”
Sir McFarlane added: “I concluded there should be no stay other than a short stay for the parents to take stock and consider whether they want to make any further application to the Supreme Court.”
SWNSNotably, doctors insisted that Archie is brain-stem dead and said life support treatment wasn’t in his best interests. The Barts Health NHS Trust chief medical officer, Alistair Chesser, has since expressed sympathy to Archie’s family and made it clear the hospital would continue with plans to withdraw treatment unless directed otherwise.
But following the verdict, Hollie has said she and Archie’s dad Paul would challenge the ruling.