A hospital wants to take a 12-year-old boy off of life support but his mother is battling for “more time”. Specialists at Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel who are treating young Archie Battersbee say it “highly likely” he is dead after suffering severe brain damage. Meanwhile, Archie’s parents Hollie Dance, 46, and Paul Battersbee, 56, fight for the treatment to continue.
“He’s still here and just needs more time…”
Dance found her son on April 7 with a ligature around his neck. She believes this was a freak accident or he was trying some kind of online challenge. He has not woken up since. Before the hearing, Dance criticized the hospital for rushing to turn off life support.
“Archie had a severe brain injury only four weeks ago; there’s not been enough time to see what he can do. I’ve refused the brain stem testing to declare him brain dead. It’s too soon.
“He has squeezed my fingers with a tight grip. I think that’s his way of letting me know he’s still here and just needs more time. Only a few days ago, he began to open his eyes. When his ventilator tube was being replaced, tears appeared in his eyes. Until it’s God’s way I won’t accept he should go. I know of miracles when people have come back from being brain dead. He may not be the same as he was but if there’s a possibility he could live a happy life after this, I want to give it to him.”
The mother tried to postpone the brain-stem test, but the judge gave the go-ahead and the test was carried out.
“This is a severe brain injury that this child has had, possibly a spinal injury on top and it’s too soon, he needs time to heal,” Dance said. “I’ve been told he’s brain dead from day three of him being in there. The first time the test was carried out was yesterday, and it had to be terminated (because it did not work).” 
The Results of the Nerve Stimulation Test
Two specialists had attempted a nerve stimulation test but detected no response. “Regardless of whether a patient is brain-stem dead or brain-stem alive, the test should produce responses in the form of small twitches in specified muscles,” said Fiona Paterson for Barts Health NHS Trust, in a written case outline. “Unfortunately, when the peripheral nerve stimulation test was attempted on Archie, no response was detected. Both doctors concluded that they could not proceed with the brain-stem assessment as it appeared that no response would be elicited from Archie during the brain-stem testing regardless of whether his brain stem was functioning or not.”