Parents of a 12-year-old boy with a “catastrophic” brain injury were denied permission to appeal a decision to stop the boy’s life support.
Archie will continue receiving treatment while his heart is still beating thanks to Holly Dance and Paul Battersby of Southend, Essex. The Supreme Court judge’s decision that continuing Archie’s treatment was “useless” was upheld by the court of appeals on Monday, according to the ruling.
The father of 12-year-old Archie was taken to the hospital on Monday morning with a suspected heart attack or stroke, and Edward Devereux QC, speaking on behalf of Archie’s parents, asked that the decision be carried over. He had a heart attack last year, the court heard.
Sir Andrew Macfarlane (seated) and two other judges expressed their “extreme sympathy” for Paul Battersby’s situation, but this is not a decision that will hold up Archie’s case.
McFarlane stated, “After careful consideration, we are denying leave to appeal.” He then abruptly ended the hearing by saying that he would explain his position on Monday.
Before the verdict was announced, Devereaux stated that the parents of Archie would need to return to the high court to request a new hearing based on new evidence. He claimed that on Friday and Saturday, dance had witnessed her son trying to breathe.
Archie’s mother believes that he suffocated while participating in the “blackout challenge,” a trend that has gone viral on social media, which caused brain damage about three months ago.
Public Response to the High Court’s Decision
Many people disagree with the court’s decision, and some of them have expressed their disagreement on social media. Many people are in favor of Archie’s parents because they want him to receive the necessary medical care. Arbuthnot, on the other hand, claimed that Archie died on May 31, 2022.
The hospital has also been given permission to remove the patient from life support by a judge from Britain’s highest court. The family was devastated by the decision, and they immediately petitioned the court to allow their son to continue receiving treatment. On the other hand, Justice Arbuthnot of the High Court came to the conclusion that Archie had passed away.
What Accident Did Archie Battersbee Have?
Archie Battersby has been a patient at the Royal London Hospital ever since his failed suicide attempt on April 7, 2022, when he tried to strangle himself with a shoelace. The doctor emphasized that the patient had brain steam death, which had caused the patient’s brain to stop responding, and he or she advised the patient’s parents to immediately turn off the ventilator.
However, his parents insisted that their son had a chance to fight for his life and that his heart was still beating. In addition, Archie’s parents support the hospital’s decision to keep caring for their son. However, medical professionals believe that once a patient is already in a coma and has suffered brain damage, it is best to stop treating them. Despite this, his parents went before a judge in the High Court and filed a lawsuit against the hospital for the way their son was treated.