ARCHIE Battersbee’s family have applied to move their 12-year-old to a hospice to die.
The boy’s mum Hollie Dance and dad Paul Battersbee last night lost their last-ditch bid to keep Archie’s life support.
Il European Court of Human Rights rejected their appeal – leaving Hollie “absolutely deflated” .
Adesso, the family have made an application to the High Court to move Archie from Royal London Hospital to a hospice for his final hours.
Hollie vowed to “continue to make sure Archie’s name lives on”.
Ha detto a Times Radio: “I don’t think any other parent should have to go through this and I’ve said from day one I totally understand and respect that some parents out there might choose to do things differently, and I as a person totally respect other people’s decisions and other people’s views.
“tuttavia, this is ours and I know Archie’s there and because of obviously everything that I’ve got evidence-wise and sort of backed up, and things that I’m seeing – Archie progressing on a daily basis – that is why I’ve continued to fight so hard.
“I wouldn’t want any other parents to go through what we’ve gone through, which is why I have tried to highlight quite a lot of subjects since we’ve been here, like the online challenge, and I know that so, so many people have sat their kids down and used Archie’s story to hopefully save their lives.
“So I’m going to continue to make sure Archie’s name lives on. I’m going do everything I can to make sure that parents don’t have to go through this awful situation with the courts.”
The family’s lawyers had until 9am to make their High Court appeal in order to transfer their young son out of the Royal London Hospital.
If there was no application made before the deadline, his life support would have been turned off at 11am.
Heartbroken Hollie confirmed the family’s intentions to keep battling the courts’ decisions, describing it as “completely barbaric and absolutely disgusting that we’re not even allowed to choose where Archie takes his last moments”.
She previously vowed: “We will fight until the bitter end. We’re going to fight for the right for my son to live.”
il giovanotto suffered brain damage in the “freak accident” and has been unresponsive ever since.
He is being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, at the hospital in Whitechapel, Londra est.
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Ma Barts Health NHS Trust believe Archie’s condition is too unstable for him to be transferred elsewhere, saying an ambulance journey “would most likely hasten the premature deterioration the family wish to avoid, even with full intensive care equipment and staff on the journey”.
A High Court order made in July also requires that Archie remains at the Royal London Hospital while his treatment is withdrawn.
Last night the family’s spokeswoman said a hospice has agreed to take him, aggiungendo: “Hospices are well and truly designed for palliative and respite care.
“Archie is now obviously on palliative care so there is no reason whatsoever for him not to take his last moments at a hospice.”
Hollie said she wanted her son to have a “dignified passing at a hospice”, adding that is is “sleale” they have to “combattimento” to get him out of the hospital.
She responded to the ECHR’s rejection yesterday evening with tears in her eyes, detto: “The one thing I will say is, I promised him I’d fight to the end and that’s exactly what I’ve done.”
The mother narrowly managed to delay doctors from turning off the life support at 11am on Tuesday with a last-minute appeal, completed only minutes before a 9am deadline.
But the court officially denied their request last night.
Speaking outside The Royal London Hospital after the verdict, Hollie said: “Doctors do get it wrong. I’m saying they’ve got it wrong in this case. They said Archie would last 24 ore – here he is still fighting.
This is a fight for my son’s life and I’m up against the biggest system. I haven’t got time to break down at the moment.
Archie’s family have been fighting court decisions day-to-day new appeals to delay the withdrawal of the boy’s life support.
Before the ECHR block, the family went through the Supreme Court where judges had also agreed it would be unlawful to maintain the 12-year-old’s life-sustaining treatment.
They said continuing life support would only “protract” his death as there is “no prospect of any meaningful recovery” for the brain-damaged boy.
The justices have great sympathy with the plight of Archie’s devoted parents who face a circumstance that is every parent’s nightmare – the loss of a much-loved child.
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Announcing the court’s refusal to hear the appeal earlier, the judges said: “The justices have great sympathy with the plight of Archie’s devoted parents who face a circumstance that is every parent’s nightmare – the loss of a much-loved child.
“It has to be borne in mind that, purtroppo, the central issue between Archie’s parents on the one hand and the NHS trust, which is supported by Archie’s very experienced guardian, has not been about Archie’s recovery but about the timing and manner of his death.
“There is no prospect of any meaningful recovery.
“Even if life-sustaining treatment were to be maintained, Archie would die in the course of the next few weeks through organ failure and then heart failure.
“The maintenance of the medical regime ‘serves only to protract his death’.
“That conclusion was one which the judge reached only ‘with the most profound regret’.
“While there was evidence that Archie was a child with religious beliefs, was very close to his mother and would not have wished to leave her alone, those are only some of the factors which the courts have to consider in their evaluation of where Archie’s best interests lie.
“It was against that background that Mr Justice Hayden held that it would not be lawful to continue life-sustaining treatment.”
The panel concluded: “According to the law of England and Wales, Archie’s best interests and welfare are the paramount consideration.
“The panel reaches this conclusion with a heavy heart and wishes to extend its deep sympathy to Archie’s parents at this very sad time.”
I know Archie’s still with us.
Yet Archie’s mum Hollie has been adamant her son has a chance of survival, saying previously: “I know Archie’s still with us.
“He’s showing very different signs to what the clinicians are actually putting over to the courts.
“He’s very much there, he’s progressing in so many ways.”
Hollie has said she feels “extremely let down” by the justice system and “continues to be shocked and traumatised by the brutality of the UK courts and the hospital trust” – but hopes things will go her way after this final appeal.
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“Archie held my hand. He squeezed my fingers so tight they were red. All he needs is time.
“He hasn’t been given long enough. We just want time.”