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Court rules Archie Battersbee life-backing can end

Parents Hollie Dance (pictured) and Paul Battersbee have lost a new High Court hearing to continue life-support treatment for their son Archie

Parents Hollie Dance (pictured) and Paul Battersbee have lost a new High Court hearing to continue life-support treatment for their son Archie

Life-support treatment for 12-year-old Archie Battersbee can end, an adjudicator has dominated.

Archie was tracked down oblivious at home in Southend, Essex, on 7 April.

Specialists at the Royal London Hospital said he was “mind stem dead” and it was to his greatest advantage to stop treatment, however his folks conflicted.

An alternate appointed authority recently concurred with specialists and today Mr Justice Hayden likewise decided for the clinic.

He heard the case once more in the High Court on Monday after the family went to the Court of Appeal, which managed another consultation was vital.

Mr Justice Hayden said proceeding with treatment was “purposeless”.

“It serves just to lengthen his passing, while being not able to drag out his life,”

he said.

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Legal counselors addressing the emergency clinic’s overseeing trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, had told Mr Justice Hayden that Archie had experienced a “overwhelming” mind injury and that experts didn’t really accept that it was to his greatest advantage to proceed with treatment.

They contended that life-support was “troublesome”, “as opposed to poise”, and “morally upsetting” for surgeons treating him.

Archie’s folks Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee had contended treatment ought to go on however long his heart was pulsating.

Ms Dance told past hearings she accepted Archie had been partaking in a web-based challenge before being found.

Archie BattersbeeIMAGE SOURCE,HOLLIE DANCE
Image caption,

In June, a High Court judge ruled that Archie Battersbee was
“brain-stem dead”

Mr Justice Hayden said evidence showed that Archie had suffered a “significant injury” to “multiple areas” of his brain and had not

“regained awareness at any time”.

“Archie’s mother described him as a fighter and I have no doubt he was,”

said the judge.

“But the fight, if it can properly be characterised as such, is no longer in Archie’s control.”

He said medical evidence had shown that improvement in Archie’s condition was

“not possible” and there was “no hope at all of recovery”.

The judge said he had reached his conclusions with

“profound regret”.

Ms Dance, Mr Battersbee and other members of Archie’s family were in court to hear the judge outline his conclusions.

A lawyer representing Archie’s parents indicated they wanted to try to challenge Mr Justice Hayden’s ruling in the Court of Appeal.

The family has until 14:00 BST to decide if they want to pursue the case further.

 

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