NHS Doctors Delay Switching off Archie Battersbee’s Life Support After Family’s Last-Minute Plead to European Convention

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The family of comatose boy Archie Battersbee has managed to delay the decision of doctors to turn his life support off.

The 12-year-old British boy was found unconscious in his house in April. His mother said she believes her son was doing some sort of online challenge that went horribly wrong.

Since then, he has been under treatment and is currently on life support in the Barts Health NHS Trust.

According to BBC, doctors at Royal London Hospital argued that the child is ‘brain stem dead’ and it is in his best interest to end his suffering and stop his treatment.

The Supreme Court ruling came earlier this week when the judge ruled that Archie’s misery should end now, and doctors could stop his treatment and switch off his life support.

However, as per Daily Mail, Archie’s lawyers argued this was unlawful.

“Stopping his treatment would be in breach of the UK’s obligations under Articles 10 and 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities – the right to life and equal recognition before the law – and Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children – that every child has the inherent right to life.”

Archie’s mother, Hollie Dance, condemned the court’s decision and called it ‘brutal’ and stated that she would fight for his son’s life till the very last minute and wouldn’t allow anyone to decide otherwise.

Hollie and her family have also made an emergency request application to the European Convention on Human Rights. Barts NHS Trust has confirmed that they will not take any immediate step until the judgment comes back.

A spokesman for the trust said, “We will make no changes to Archie’s care until the outstanding legal issues are resolved.”

Speaking to the outlet, Hollie Dance said,

“We are very relieved, we are having to battle every decision with the hospital. We now hope and pray that the ECHR will look favourably on the application. We will not give up on Archie until the end.”

She further added that her family has received offers from other countries who want to treat their Archie.

“We have been approached by doctors from Japan, Turkey, and Italy. They all claim that they can treat Archie. I’m now considering options to move him outside the UK.”

“Yesterday was a very down day for me. People that know me know I won’t stay down for long, especially when it comes to fighting for my son’s life.”

“I promised Arch, same with his dad, that we will fight ’til the bitter end, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

It really is a case of me and Archie, and obviously Archie’s family, up against the whole system. We’re going to fight for the right for my son to live.”

According to Daily Mail, if their European application fails, Archie’s family might have no other option left but to say goodbye to him.

Share Your Thoughts:

Do you think Archie’s family should be allowed to move him out of the UK and let the other countries’ doctors treat him? Let us know your views.



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  1. I feel that his parents should move him out of the UK. There is always hope. If these countries are offering to treat him I say go for it. Maybe these other doctors in those countries can help him.

  2. Yes they have the right to move him i see people off vents for years and some came out of them i wish you the best

  3. I believe that the kid has a right and I feel in my heart it’s not his time to go. He may have other issues but I know in my heart they can save the young boy. God will do everything he can to protect the boy. I also believe the family should have the right to do what is best for thir child and that the country should be supported by the decision the family makes and do everything they can before saying it’s impossible.

    1. Our God is the final answer, and I’m praying right now that by his stripes he is healed in the name of Jesus. He shall wake up and be a testimony in Jesus name Amen. What God cannot do does not exist, Amen. We have the power to pray and command in the name of Jesus, and right now I command this child of God to wake up and yes, he shall not die young but live and proclaim what God has done for him. Again, what God cannot do does not exist, in Jesus name Amen 🙏.

  4. People don’t come back if they are brain dead ever . He has been declared brain dead . These other countries are gonna keep him alive and the parents will have to pay .

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