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Parents' plea does nothing: Archie Battersbee's ventilator (12) can be taken off against their will

Parents’ plea does nothing: Archie Battersbee’s ventilator (12) can be taken off against their will

Archie with his mother Holly. © rr

An appeal by the parents of 12-year-old Archie Battersby didn’t work: their brain-dead son could be taken off the ventilator against their will. It was decided on Monday.

Archie Battersby, 12, was found unconscious on April 7 this year at his home in Southend, Essex, England. According to his mother, he participated in an online site a challenge Where participants deliberately attempt to lose consciousness. You think so because he had a headband around his head. After that, Battersby never recovered. He was declared brain dead in the hospital. Doctors believe the medical treatment should be stopped and the boy removed from the ventilator. According to them, the boy died already on May 31.

A judge in the English High Court ruled in favor of these doctors in June and decided that the boy should be removed from the ventilator. The parents resumed, but they did not succeed. The judge ruled that stopping treatment was in the boy’s best interest. There is still 48 hours to wait before Archie is taken off the ventilator so the parents can appeal to the Human Rights Court.

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