Archie Battersbee’s Life Support to Be Discontinued on Saturday, Parents Told

Life support for Archie Battersbee, the 12-year-old British boy, was to be cut on Saturday after his parents lost their legal battle. The courts said earlier this year that keeping Archie alive was pointless.

Hollie Dance, Archie’s mother, and Paul Battersbee, Archie’s father, also lost the legal battle where they appealed in court to allow them to move their child to a hospice.

Archie Battersbee’s case and his parents’ legal battle to keep him on a ventilator has reignited debate over who gets to decide when the ventilator ends in such cases.

The case received national attention in the UK and many prayed for Archie to get through it.

Here’s a timeline of events:

  • Apr 7, 2022: Hollie Dance, Archie’s mother, found Archie unconscious in their home with ligature marks around his neck. Archie was a 12-year-old boy who was interested in mixed martial arts and gymnastics. According to the BBC, Dance says her son may have tried an online challenge.
  • April 8: Archie is admitted to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. He received treatment until his life support was withdrawn.
  • 26 April: The Royal London Hospital is under the purview of the UK National Health Service (NHS). It is managed by the Barts Health NHS Trust. Doctors told Archie’s parents that he may be brainstem dead due to the extent of his injury. Doctors wanted to perform a brainstem death test, but the boy’s family disagreed. The Barts Health Trust moved the Supreme Court.
  • 13 May: Justice Arbuthnot says hospital should conduct brainstem death test.
  • May 16: Doctors try to perform the brainstem function tests, but they fail because they found Archie was unresponsive to a peripheral nerve stimulation test that is needed prior to a brainstem test.
  • June 8: Another hearing will be held to determine whether Archie life support should continue
  • June 13th: A judge rules that Archie died on May 31 during his MRI scan and that the life-support treatment can be stopped.
  • June 20: Hollie Dance, backed by the action group Christian Concern, is asking the Court of Appeals to reconsider the case.
  • June 29: Court of Appeal says another hearing is needed to determine steps to take in Archie’s best interests
  • July 11: Judge Hayden takes note of the evidence given to him and holds a new hearing
  • July 15: Justice Hayden also says the life support treatment is pointless and should be stopped.
  • July 25: The High Court’s ruling is upheld by the Court of Appeals
  • July 28: The Supreme Court refuses to intervene in the case and supports the decision of the Court of Appeal.
  • July 29: Paul Battersbee, Archie’s father and his mother, relocate the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNRPD).
  • July 30: UN commission urges UK government to delay withdrawal of life support
  • 1 August: Court of Appeal refuses to postpone treatment
  • 3 August: The European Court of Human Rights rejects Archie’s family’s appeal to challenge the Court of Appeal’s earlier ruling
  • August 4: Archie’s parent appeals to court to have their son moved to a hospice for end-of-life care.
  • August 5: Supreme Court dismisses parents’ appeal to move their son to hospice
  • August 6: At 10 a.m. (local time) Archie’s life support is expected to be revoked

Archie’s case gained sympathy from former US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, but in the UK some have challenged the Christian group that funded their legal fees and the British media over insensitive reporting.

Freelance journalist Nicola Slawson said both vested interest groups and the media chose not to read the court orders stating that Archie’s “organs are failing and becoming necrotic,” which is why the court said it would be futile to proceed. the treatment.

“I still believe in my heart and in my gut that Archie can get through this,” Hollie Dance told Sky News a day before Archie’s life support was to be withdrawn.

At the time of writing this report, there is no official confirmation as to whether his life support has been withdrawn.

(with input from BBC, AFP and Sky News)

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