Today the doctors of the Royal London Hospital turned off the supports that kept alive Archie Battersbee, the twelve-year-old British hospitalized since April in a state of brain death. The life support stop was scheduled for this morning at 11, but the announcement of the boy’s death only came in the early afternoon. The news of the baby’s death was given by the mother.
Archie Battersbee was found unconscious at home on April 7th. The mother believes that he may have been the victim of an internet challenge. The parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, have tried to get it right through the courts, but all levels of British justice have rejected their request, arguing that it is in the child’s interest to suspend life support. Lastly, the European Court of Human Rights preferred not to interfere with British justice.
Finally, yesterday, a court rejected the request to transfer Archie to a hospice for the terminally ill, stating, according to the BBC, that the vital conditions are too unstable to transfer him by ambulance, a choice that “could accelerate premature deterioration”. “All routes have been experienced – said a spokesman for Christian Concern – The family is devastated and is spending precious time with Archie”.
The twelve-year-old’s family members, interviewed by the British media, said they were “destroyed” at the idea of no longer having legal avenues to prevent the shutdown of the machinery that keep Archie alive. The mother, Hollie Dance, who along with the whole family waged a painful legal battle to keep the plug from being unplugged, said she did “everything possible”: “I did everything I promised my baby I would do. . I always hear that beep. ” The family has tried several appeals, from British courts to the European Court of Human Rights, but none of them have been upheld. The news came in the aftermath of the London High Court’s no to the parents’ request to transfer the child to a hospice near home in Essex for a “decent shelter” in his final hours.