Boy dies after parents lose legal battle over life support

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Boy dies after parents lose legal battle over life support

Boy dies after parents lose legal battle over life support.

Archie Battersbee, 12, of the United Kingdom, was taken off life support on Saturday in a London hospital after his parents lost a long, emotional, and contentious court battle.
According to Archie Dance’s mother, Hollie Dance, her son died just over two hours after the artificial ventilation was turned off.

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“Such a beautiful little boy. He fought right until the very end,”

she told reporters, sobbing, outside the Royal London Hospital.

“I’m the proudest mum in the world,”

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Dance said, after spending the night at his bedside with other relatives.

One of these, Ella Carter, denounced Archie’s final moments as “barbaric”, however. She said that after his ventilation was switched off, “he went completely blue”.

“There is absolutely nothing dignified about watching a family member or a child suffocate,”

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she said.

In April, Dance discovered Archie unresponsive at home with signs that he had wrapped a cord around his neck, presumably as a result of participating in an online asphyxiation challenge.

The hospital trust’s chief medical officer, Alistair Chesser, said in a statement that “Archie died after treatment was withdrawn in line with court rulings about his best interests”.

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Chesser thanked the medical staff who cared for Archie, saying they “provided high quality care with extraordinary compassion over several months in often trying and distressing circumstances”.

At the entrance to the hospital in east London, well-wishers left flowers and cards and lit candles in the shape of the letter “A”.

“There is absolutely nothing dignified about watching a family member or a child suffocate,”

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she said.

The family fought in court to dispute a judge’s June determination that Archie was “brain-stem dead,” which allowed life support to be turned off.

They pursued their argument to Strasbourg’s European Court of Human Rights, arguing that Archie would benefit from medical care in Italy or Japan, but this week the Strasbourg court rejected to get involved.

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Additionally, the parents’ last-ditch legal attempt to have Archie sent to a hospice for his dying hours was unsuccessful.

“All legal routes have been exhausted,”

a spokesman for the campaign group Christian Concern, which has been supporting the family, said late Friday.

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The case is the most recent in a string that has pitted British parents against the justice and medical systems.

The support provided by organizations like Christian Concern to parents in need has come under fire for prolonging everyone’s suffering.

Dominic Wilkinson, a professor of medical ethics at the University of Oxford, claims that these organizations frequently have their agendas.

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“They may have different political or other views, (and) have reason to wish to tell the parents things that may not be accurate,”

he said on Sky.

Alfie Evans, a 23-month-old baby from Liverpool, northwest England, died in April 2018 when medics turned off his life support following a contentious dispute between the hospital and his parents.

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Days before he passed away, his parents lost a final court appeal, despite the help of Pope Francis in getting them to take him to a clinic in Rome.

After doctors removed life support, Charlie Gard, who was born in August 2016 and had a rare form of mitochondrial illness that causes gradual muscle weakening, passed just one week before his first birthday.

Charlie’s parents had battled a five-month court struggle to have him brought to the US for experimental therapy, with the support of religious organisations and the US president at the time, Donald Trump.

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The parents have been pushing the UK government to adopt “Charlie’s Law”, which proposed legislation that would strengthen parents’ rights when disputes arise over the treatment of their children.

“The whole system has been stacked against us,”

Archie’s mother Dance said Friday, but many on social media also questioned her actions and the family’s fundraising.

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“Reform must now come through Charlie’s Law so that no parents have to go through this.”

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