On April 7, Holly Dance experienced every parent’s worst nightmare: She found her 12-year-old son Archie Battersbee unconscious in their home with some kind of ligature over his head. Holly called emergency services, who rushed the young boy to the hospital. The doctors put him on life support, and since then the boy still has not regained consciousness. Recently, a judge ruled that legally the doctors could take Archie off of life support. Holly is fighting back on that ruling.
Judge Rules Archie Battersbee Can Be Taken Off Of Life Support Legally
When Holly Dance found her 12-year-old son Archie on the ground unconscious with a ligature over his head, she was terrified. During the process of rushing him to the emergency room, she didn’t have much time to think about what happened or why. Later, she learned that he was perhaps attempting an online challenge. (1)
Since that day, Archie has been on life support at the Royal London Hospital in East London. The doctors treating Archie have said that, based on MRI scans, the boy is “brain stem dead”. The chance of recovery is extremely low. Some of the doctors believe that it is in his best interest to bring his treatments to an end. (2)
The court recently ruled that the doctors could lawfully remove him from life support. The doctors released a statement saying that they understand how challenging of a time this is for Archie’s family. They said they would give the family time to appeal the ruling before changing his treatment.
“This is a sad and difficult time for Archie’s family and our thoughts and sympathies are with them as they come to terms with what has happened,” they said in their statement. “In line with the guidance issued by the court, our expert clinicians will provide the best possible care while life support is withdrawn. We are also ensuring that there is time for the family to decide whether they wish to appeal before any changes to care are made.” (3)
The Judge’s Ruling
As already mentioned, the judge has responded in conclusion with the doctors, stating that Archie’s chances of recovery are next to non-existent. The judge has agreed that keeping him on life support is only prolonging what the doctors have said is his inevitable passing. The judge’s written ruling is as follows: