March 22, 2023

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A British child died in a vegetative state after treatment was stopped

Archie Batterspie, Brain dead 12-year-old Briton He died on Saturday, August 6, 2022, after four months of life-saving care ended, his mother announced. His parents waged a bitter legal battle against the health care system.

Archie died today at 12:15 pmThe boy’s mother, Holly Dance, who has been in a coma in a London hospital since April, told TV.

“He fought until the end,” she said through tears, “and I’m proud to be his mom.”


The boy’s life-sustaining treatments were interrupted about two hours earlier after his parents exhausted all legal remedies before the British and European courts to challenge the termination of treatment and request a transfer to a palliative care facility.

On Friday August 5, 2022, a British judge refused to transfer the child to a palliative care home. The last fight of the parents who have already done all they can to help To continue the care to keep their son alive. The hospital felt that the transfer was too risky for the baby.

His parents, Holly Dance and Paul Batterspie, supported by a Christian organization, had to decide to let their son die.

The hospital told parents that life-sustaining treatments would stop from 10am (9am GMT) on Saturday.

Brain dead from 7th April

Archie was found unconscious at his home on April 7 and has not regained consciousness since. According to his mother, he took part in a social media challenge to hold his breath until he died.

Her parents claim to have noticed signs of life, but to the medical profession, her case is hopeless, justifying the discontinuation of treatment.

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In a press release on Friday evening, the hospital team responsible for Archie Batterspie’s care expressed its “deepest sympathies” to the boy’s family. “As ordered by the court, we will work with the family to prepare to discontinue treatment, but will not make any changes to Archie’s care until the pending legal issues are resolved,” the statement continued.

Two comparable cases

The United Kingdom has already been marked by two comparable events in recent times.

In April 2018, a 23-month-old baby, Alfie Evans, who suffered from a rare neurodegenerative disease, died after a long legal battle by his parents against stopping treatment. His parents received the support of Pope Francis, who launched several appeals to preserve the boy’s life.

In 2017, Charlie GardSuffering from a rare genetic disease, he died shortly before his first birthday after artificial ventilation was stopped despite repeated appeals by his parents.