THERE was “nothing dignified” about the “barbaric” way 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Ella Carter hit out after the 12-year-old’s life support was withdrawn yesterday following a lengthy legal battle.
His mum Hollie Dance believes he’d been taking part in an online “blackout challenge” when he accidentally asphyxiated himself.
Hollie had been fighting for medics at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel to continue ventilating Archie.
However, treatment stopped yesterday after judges said it wasn’t in his “best interests”.
Ella, the fiancée of Archie’s eldest brother Tom, said: “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.”
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Speaking through tears, she said: “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 was “pretty broken” and that the day had been “absolutely awful”.
“It’s been really hard,” she said.
“Despite the hard strong face and appearance obviously in front of the cameras up until now, I’ve been pretty broken.”