Archie Battersbee’s family friend hits out at ‘barbaricway he died

THERE wasnothing dignified” oor die “barbaricway Archie Battersbee died, a family friend has said.

Ella Carter hit out after the 12-year-old’s life support was withdrawn yesterday following a lengthy legal battle.

There was 'nothing dignified' about the death of Archie Battersbee, family friend Ella Carter said yesterday

There was ‘nothing dignifiedabout the death of Archie Battersbee, family friend Ella Carter said yesterdayKrediet: AP
Ella, pictured with Archie's mum Hollie Dance, spoke to the press after life support was withdrawn yesterday

Ella, pictured with Archie’s mum Hollie Dance, spoke to the press after life support was withdrawn yesterdayKrediet: PA

Die jongeling had been unresponsive since he was fatally injured on April 7 at his home in Southend, Essex.

His mum Hollie Dance believes he’d been taking part in an onlineblackout challenge when he accidentally asphyxiated himself.

Hollie had been fighting for medics at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel to continue ventilating Archie.

Egter, treatment stopped yesterday after judges said it wasn’t in hisbest interests”.

Ella, the fiancée of Archie’s eldest brother Tom, gesê: “He was taken off all medication at 10am and his stats remained completely stable for two hours.

There is absolutely nothing dignified about watching a family member or a child suffocate.

No family should ever have to go through what we’ve been through, it’s barbaric.

Ms Dance told the media outside the hospital that Archie died at 12.15pm. She said her son fought right until the very end”.

Speaking through tears, sy het gese: “Can I just say, I’m the proudest mum in the world.

He was such a beautiful little boy and he fought right until the very end, and I am so proud to be his mum.

In an interview with Sky News, recorded on Friday, Ms Dance said she waspretty broken” en dit the day had beenabsolutely awful”.

It’s been really hard,” sy het gese.

Despite the hard strong face and appearance obviously in front of the cameras up until now, I’ve been pretty broken.

Archie has been unresponsive since he was fatally injured at his home in Essex on April 7

Archie has been unresponsive since he was fatally injured at his home in Essex on April 7Krediet: PA
His family fought a series of legal battles in a bid to get doctors to continue ventilating the 12-year-old

His family fought a series of legal battles in a bid to get doctors to continue ventilating the 12-year-oldKrediet: Paul Edwards
Egter, judges ruled it was not in Archie's 'best interests' to allow treatment to continue

Egter, judges ruled it was not in Archie’s ‘best intereststo allow treatment to continueKrediet: PA