Archie Battersbee: Parents take case to European Court of Human Rights

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Archie Battersbee’s dad and mom have submitted an software to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in a bid to postpone the withdrawal of his life assist.

Life-sustaining therapy for the 12-year-old has been in place since April and was on account of be withdrawn later.

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An attraction in opposition to the choice to finish therapy was refused by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Archie’s mom stated she was “relieved” the brand new software was made.

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Barts NHS Health Trust, which runs the Royal London Hospital the place Archie is being handled, stated adjustments to his therapy wouldn’t be made till authorized points had been resolved.

Mum Hollie Dance stated: “We are very relieved, we are having to battle every decision with the hospital.

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“We now hope and pray that the ECHR will look favourably on the applying. We won’t hand over on Archie till the tip.”

Speaking exterior the hospital, she stated: “I hope that they are going to step in and provides Archie a proper to reside. I believe that he deserves that.”

Ms Dance said she had received offers to care for her son from health providers in two other countries – Japan and Italy.

“If this nation cannot deal with him or they don’t seem to be prepared to deal with him, the place is the hurt in permitting him to go to a different nation?” she stated.

The Christian Legal Centre has said the application submitted to the ECHR is asking it to impose interim measures to postpone life-support being withdrawn, after UK courts rejected an application to delay this so a UN committee could consider the case.

In a statement, the ECHR confirmed it had received an application, which was being processed.

Archie was found unconscious at home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, on 7 April.

He has never regained consciousness and his mother believes he may have been taking part in an online challenge when he suffered brain damage.

Hollie dance with her son Archie

Hollie Dance

Alistair Chesser, chief medical officer for Barts Health NHS Trust, said: “Our deepest sympathies stay with Archie’s household and we goal to supply the very best assist to everybody at this troublesome time.

“As directed by the courts, we will work with the family to prepare for the withdrawal of treatment, but we will make no changes to Archie’s care until the outstanding legal issues are resolved.”

Court of Appeal judges had beforehand dominated his life-sustaining therapy shouldn’t proceed past 12:00 on Tuesday.

But this was delayed whereas the Supreme Court heard an attraction software from Archie’s dad and mom.

The household had requested that court docket to evaluate whether or not extra time ought to be given for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to have a look at the case.

But it stated the Court of Appeal had “made the correct decision”.

Doctors treating Archie have stated they imagine it’s “highly likely” he’s brain-stem lifeless and argued it’s in his greatest curiosity for all times assist to finish.

A earlier High Court ruling heard “every bodily function [of Archie’s] is now maintained by artificial means”, whereas one other heard he had not “regained awareness at any time”.

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