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“A boy so beautiful, who fought to the end”: Archie Battersbee, the English boy at the center of a legal fight, dies

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Writing BBC News World1 hourImage source, Hollie DancePhoto caption, Hollie Dance with her son Archie.Archie Battersbee -the 12-year-old boy who was at the center of a legal battle between his parents, doctors and the courts- died this Saturday in England. The family was opposed to their brain-damaged son being taken off life support machines. Archie Battersbee spent the last few hours in hospital after the British High Court ruled that he could not be transferred to hospice. His parents were “devastated” that all legal avenues to keep him alive had been exhausted. The family requested the intervention of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), but they were told that the case “fell outside” their scope. His mother, Hollie Dance, said this Saturday that her son “fought until the end.” was found unconscious at his home in Southend, in south-east England, on April 7. Her mother, Dance, believes that she may have suffocated while participating in some Internet challenge with dire consequences. Since then he could not regain consciousness. The doctors who treated him at the Royal London Hospital in the British capital considered that the child was in a state of “brain death” and had asked to disconnect him from his life support. His parents hoped to transfer him to a hospital, but doctors warned that he was too unstable to be transported by ambulance and that this would “accelerate premature deterioration.” ultraconservative, they appealed to different judicial instances to keep him alive. The courts, however, repeatedly ruled in favor of the hospital, including the necessary authorization to disconnect him from life support. According to the mother, the future of her son should not “depend on the decision of a court or the hospital”, but that it should fall on the parents: “I don’t think I’m holding on to the hope, I am simply asking for a realistic period of time for my son to recover from a brain injury.” “His heart is still beating, he has held my hand, and as his mother, I know he is still there,” she said on several occasions. “Until it is God’s will, I will not accept that he leaves. I know of miracles in which people have come back from brain death.” Last June, during a three-day hearing in the Family Division of the Superior Court of Justice British, the specialists assured that the different tests carried out on the child had not shown any “perceptible” brain activity. The magistrate in charge of the case then concluded that Archie died at noon on May 31, according to the magnetic resonance images of that day, and considered it proven that the function of the brainstem had ceased irreversibly. The court then gave the hospital permission to stop giving Archie assisted ventilation. Image source Hollie Dance/PA Wire Photo caption, A British court ruled that Archie Battersbee was dead and life support should be withdrawn. The family However, he managed to appeal the ruling. But the court again agreed with the hospital on July 15, and assured that continuing life support was “useless” because it would only serve “to delay his death, without being able to prolong his life.” The doctors had argued that this support was “painful”, “contrary to dignity” and “ethically worrying”. government, could listen to the request made by the United Nations Committee for the Rights of Disabled Persons, which had asked for more time to analyze the case. The court, however, refused to delay the disconnection. The Ruling Argument In her ruling issued Friday, Judge Mary Jane Theis concluded that a hospital transfer was not in the child’s best interest. “Archie’s best interests must remain at the center of whatever conclusion this court reaches,” he argued. “In considering the wishes of the family, why they uphold those wishes, the facilities at the hospice, what Archie would probably have wanted… the risks involved in a transfer… . and the increasing frailty of his medical condition, I am satisfied that he should remain in the hospital when treatment is withdrawn.” Image source PA Media Caption Tom Summers, a brother of Archie’s, was in hospital He also acknowledged the “unconditional love and dedication” of Archie’s family, which he said had been a “golden thread running through this case.” peaceful nces, with the family that meant as much to him as he clearly means to them.” In response to the High Court ruling on Friday, Archie’s mother regretted the decision and said they would continue to the end: “The authorities have denied all our wishes as a family.” But finally this Saturday the boy was disconnected. Remember that you can receive notifications from BBC Mundo. Download the new version of our app and activate it so you don’t miss out on our best content.

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