Archie Battersbee, a 12-year-old boy whose parents fought to keep him alive after he fell into a coma in April, died on Saturday morning after British courts ruled to stay treatment.
“It is with my deepest sympathy and sadness that I have to inform you that Archie passed away at 12:15 p.m. today,” his mother, Hollie Dance, said outside the hospital. “And can I just tell you, I’m the proudest mother in the whole world.”
Dance and Battersbee’s father had been fighting to keep the boy alive since he was found unconscious at home with severe brain injuries on April 7. Britain’s Supreme Court ruled last month that the hospital should suspend life-support treatments, believing them to be “pointless”. His family sealed the decision in the Supreme Court and even asked the UN for support, but their appeals were denied.
The family had asked that Battersbee be placed in a hospice, but the Supreme Court ruled he was too medically unstable. Treatment was suspended after the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene.
“Such a beautiful little boy and he fought to the end and I’m so proud to be his mother,” Dance said outside the Royal London Hospital in east London.
The case is one of several high-profile cases in recent years in which British courts have stepped in when doctors and families have disagreed over the best course of treatment. Dominic Wilkinson, a professor of medical ethics at Oxford University, previously told the New York Times that there have been 20 such cases in the UK over the past decade.
In this case, Battersbee’s doctors believed he was brain dead, while his family argued he was doing better than doctors claimed. The court eventually sided with the doctors, ruling that “there was absolutely no hope of recovery” and that continued treatment “would only serve to delay his death while he was unable to prolong his life.” .
Supporters of the family honored with candles in the shape of the letter A outside the hospital The guard. Ella Carter, a family member, told the outlet that it was “barbaric” to see Battersbee die.
“There is absolutely nothing dignified about watching a family member or a child choke,” she said. “No family should ever have to go through what we went through.”
Barts Health NHS Trust Chief Medical Officer Alistair Chesser said his “sincere condolences” remain with the family.
“This tragic case has not only affected the family and their caregivers, but also touched the hearts of many across the country,” he said.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/12-year-old-archie-battersbee-dies-after-being-removed-from-life-support-mom-hollie-dance-says?source=articles&via=rss Archie Battersbee, 12, dies after being taken off life support, mother Hollie Dance says