Archie Battersbee’s Family Is Fighting To Have His Life Support Maintained, And He Has A New Court Hearing Today. | ICIN

Doctors at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, have determined that Archie Battersbee is brain-stem dead, and that it would not be in his best interests to continue life support treatment for him. Mother of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee expresses “anxiety” and “heartbreak” over being “dragged through the courts” in final hearing on whether or not to end life support.

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At 2 p.m. today, Archie was scheduled to have treatment terminated. He has been on life support since April, when his mother found him unconscious in their Southend, Essex, home. But on Monday at 11 a.m., after interventions from the government and the United Nations, a virtual Court of Appeal held a hearing. At the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, Archie’s doctors have concluded that he is brain-stem dead and that it would not be in his best interests to continue life support treatment. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations had requested that the UK government delay the decision to remove Archie’s life support until it could review the case.

After hearing that the UN request is “binding” under international law, the government’s legal counsel asked the High Court to “urgently consider” it. According to Edward Devereux QC, a “flagrant, egregious, and unacceptable breach of international law” would occur if the UK did not comply with the request made by the committee in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was signed and ratified by the UK in 2008 and 2009. Archie’s mother Hollie Dance has been given instructions on how to withdraw consent for further medical care from the Barts Health NHS Trust, which is treating Archie.

Parents of Archie make an official statement:

As Ms. Dance put it to Sky News, “They handed the letter over on Saturday night with the choreographed execution of my son.” She claimed there was “no meeting” where the news was “gently” delivered. As Ms. Dance put it, “just left to deal with our own feelings” after being given the letter. The current response to this situation is inappropriate and unnecessary. She emphasised that we should have avoided having to go to court.

It’s shocking to be dragged through the courts with no sympathy or understanding. To be treated in this manner is unjust. Investigating it is necessary. In addition, she stated, “We shouldn’t have to go outside our justice system to do the right thing for the citizens in this country.”

Ms. Dance told Sky News, “It’s been very draining. The last couple of months have been an emotional rollercoaster. The stress level has skyrocketed. Indeed, a tragedy of the highest order. It’s been a rough couple of months.

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When she was asked how she felt about the outcome of today’s hearing, she responded, “I don’t know really. Everything seems to be going in the Trust’s favour now, I suppose because of all the court appearances and stuff we’ve had recently and it seems… everything, aside from obviously the appeal that we won, goes in the Trust’s favour. I spent the entire weekend worrying about it. My chest has been the location of much worry on my part. It’s just a terrible sensation. Ms. Dance stated, “We are relieved that the government has taken the United Nations’ intervention seriously. An injunction for temporary measures was issued by the United Nations, not a request. To be told that Archie’s life support will be turned off has caused excruciating anxiety. We’re already broken, and the pain of uncertainty is only making things worse.

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