12-year-old Archie Battersby died after NHS doctors pulled out his life support devices, and family members called the operation “barbaric”.
“The drug was taken off him at 10 a.m., and his condition remained stable even two hours later when they removed the ventilator,” confirmed Ella Rose Carter, fiancée of the younger brother’s older brother, Tom, on behalf of the family.
“There is absolutely nothing respectful in watching a family member or a child choke,” she said.
Hopefully our family doesn’t go through what we’ve been through. It’s barbarian.”
Archie’s parents, Paul Battersby and Holly Dance, with the support of the Christian Legal Center, appealed the doctors’ decision to remove his life support devices to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights, but to no avail.
The doctors also refused their request to move him to the hospice in his last moments, and the judges supported them in that as well.
Some criticized the Archie family during their legal battle, with one outlet quote doctor says “[found] It’s hard to sympathize much with Archie Battersby’s parents “because, as he put it, they think ‘they know better than medical/modern medicine professionals’ and ‘didn’t allow their son to die a dignified death’.”
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The courts, agreeing to hear Archie’s parents’ case at all, agreed with the doctors that it was not in his “best interests” for him to remain on life support or be transferred to a nursing home.
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPPD) Request The British authorities delayed the removal of Archie’s life support equipment while his case was being considered, but the doctors refused and he was again supported by the local judiciary.
Archie’s mother says she doesn’t know how she will “cope” to coming home and confronts where she found Archie before he was admitted to hospital – she believes he accidentally cut himself while participating in a failed “blackout challenge” for TikTok – and that she thinks she will “go downhill for a while.” short.”
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