Archie Battersbee’s mother’s heartbreaking bond with the parents of tragic baby Charlie Gard


Hollie Dance has vowed to keep fighting for Archie Battersbee, who spent nearly 10 weeks in a coma after taking part in a viral online challenge, and said she found strength from Charlie Gard’s family

Archie Battersbee
Archie Battersbee suffered brain damage

The mother of a schoolboy embroiled in a right-to-life lawsuit says she draws “on the strength” of the parents of tragic toddler Charlie Gard.

Hollie Dance was served with the Supreme Court’s devastating ruling on Monday that her son Archie Battersbee, 12, is practically dead and should no longer be treated.

But she has vowed to “keep fighting” for her child, who has spent nearly 10 weeks in a coma after participating in a viral online “blackout” challenge.

Hollie said she forged a bond with the family of baby Charlie, who died in 2018 a week before his first birthday after a battle with a rare genetic disease.

Parents Chris Gard, 37, and Connie Yates, 35, eventually withdrew a High Court request to bring him to the United States for experimental treatment.

Archie’s mother Hollie Dance speaks outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London



Hollie, 46, shared how she and Archie’s father, Paul Battersbee, 56, faced a race against time to appeal the judge’s ruling after their lawyers asked for a month-long pardon. She said: “We are in touch with Charlie Gard’s family. We draw strength from them because we know they went through something similar.

“Our lawyers have requested a month to appeal, but we have no idea what we are allowed to do.

“People don’t seem willing to give him time, which is all we’ve asked for. But we will fight all the way. Until my little boy gives up the fight, I won’t give up.”

Hollie also revealed that she has been in touch with the family of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who was taken off life support in April 2018 after his family lost the last round of appeals.

Hollie formed a special friendship with Charlie Gard’s parents


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Hollie with Archie in the hospital

Little Alfie, from Bootle, Merseyside, has been living in a coma for well over a year after suffering from progressive neurological degeneration. Hollie said she also received messages from the family of Tafida Raqeeb, who was five when she was on life support in early 2019 when a blood vessel ruptured in her brain.

Her family traveled to Italy in October of that year after her parents won a landmark Supreme Court ruling to take her abroad for treatment. She’s still alive.

Hollie said, “I’ve had messages from everyone, they all have the same message: ‘Keep fighting’.”

Avid gymnast and martial artist Archie was found unconscious by his mother at their home in Southend, Essex on April 7.

His family believes he copied a social media challenge in which contestants hold their breath or choke themselves until they pass out. He went into cardiac arrest that starved his brain of oxygen, and he never regained consciousness. Lawyers at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London, had asked a judge to rule on whether life-sustaining treatment was in his best interests.

Ms Justice Arbuthnot ruled Archie died on May 31, shortly after his latest MRI scans showed “irreversible cessation of brainstem function” and life support was to be removed.

However, Hollie said yesterday her son may have been unconscious for just three minutes before she found him.

She claims independent medical experts told the family little Archie could still recover.

Speaking to GB News, Hollie said: “The doctor we have from the US is very highly qualified. He said Archie suffered 10% in the process, which is fully reversible.”

A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust said their “thoughts and sympathies” are with Archie’s family and they are allowing time for the appeal.

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