Boy’s brain ‘breaks’ on life support after he passed out while attempting ‘online challenge’

Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee believe son Archie may have taken part in an online challenge when he was found unconscious at home, a court heard during a dispute over life support treatments

Hollie Dance begs the doctors to keep her son Archie Battersbee alive
Hollie Dance begs the doctors to keep her son Archie Battersbee alive

Heartbroken parents are fighting to save their 12-year-old son whose brain began to deteriorate while on life support, a court has heard.

Archie Battersbee is at the center of a dispute over life support treatments that has claimed parts of his brain have died.

Doctors treating the boy at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, say life support should be ended.

But his parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, of Southend, Essex, disagree with their solicitors, arguing his heart is still beating.

A High Court judge heard how Archie suffered brain damage in an incident at home in early April.







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Ms Dance said she found him unconscious with a ligature over his head on April 7 and believes he may have been taking part in an online challenge.

The youth has not regained consciousness.

A specialist told Ms Justice Arbuthnot how tests showed the lower part of Archie Battersbee’s brainstem was significantly damaged and the upper part was also damaged.

He said Archie’s prognosis was “very serious” and told the judge the youth’s chances of recovery were “very slim”.







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His parents are in a legal battle with the Royal London Hospital
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Solicitors representing the Royal London Hospital’s trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, have asked Ms Justice Arbuthnot to decide what steps are in Archie’s best interests.

Ms Justice Arbuthnot is overseeing a final hearing before the High Court’s Family Division in London, which will end on Wednesday.

She had decided at a recent hearing that Archie should undergo further scans before making any decisions.







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His mother has urged doctors to give him more time to recover
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The specialist, who cannot be named in media reports of the case, explained the results of recent brain and spine scans to the judge on Monday.

He said there had been no improvement since previous scans were carried out in mid-April but signs of deterioration.

Solicitor Fiona Paterson, who heads the Barts Health NHS Trust legal team, asked the specialist if scans showed parts of Archie’s brain and spinal cord had died and were decaying.







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“Yes,” he replied, telling Ms Justice Arbuthnot that “the chance of recovery is very slim”.

He added: “I think Archie suffered such severe brain damage that it’s unlikely to come back.”

Ms Paterson had previously told the judge: “The scans, once interpreted, paint a picture that can be very difficult to stomach.”

The specialist stated that recent scans showed how Archie’s condition had deteriorated.







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He added: “They show much more noticeable and worse damage in areas that are very critical.”

Attorney Bruno Quintavalle, who leads Archie’s family legal team, told the judge that Archie’s heart is still beating.

He also questioned whether “proper process” had been followed and whether the “views of the family” had been taken into account.

The hearing continues.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/boy-life-supports-brain-decaying-27167743 Boy's brain 'breaks' on life support after he passed out while attempting 'online challenge'

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