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“My strong boy needs more time to recover before his life support goes off.”

Archie Battersbee, 12, suffered a brain injury after a “freak accident” at his home in Southend, Essex, and his mother is fighting to keep his life support on

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Archie Battersbee, 12, is in a coma at the Royal London Hospital in London

A desperate mother faces a race against time to keep her young son alive as she prepares for a High Court battle to prevent a hospital from turning off his life support.

Hollie Dance, 46, wants to keep 12-year-old son Archie Battersbee on the mechanical ventilator at his home just four weeks after the “freak accident”.

He never regained consciousness and specialists treating him say the boy is most likely already brain dead.

Hollie, from Southend, Essex, would like to give Archie more time to see if his condition improves before they make a decision about removing his life support.

The final hearing is tomorrow morning and the family say they owe it to the child to give him every chance to recover.







Hollie Dance is doing everything to keep her son alive
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She is fighting for her son’s life in the High Court and the final hearing is set for Thursday
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Hospital bosses have asked a judge from the Family Division of the High Court in London to assess the situation and rule in Archie’s best interests.

Mum-of-three Hollie said: “Archie had a serious brain injury just four weeks ago, it hasn’t been enough time to see what he can do.

“I refused the brainstem test to declare him brain dead. It’s too early.

“He squeezed my fingers with a firm grip. I think that’s his way of letting me know he’s still here and just needs more time.







He never regained consciousness after an “unusual accident” at home
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“We don’t know the extent of the damage, but I’d rather have something from Archie than nothing from Archie, just to wake up every morning and kiss his beautiful little face.

“I fight to watch and wait as much time as possible.

“My older children Tom, 22, and Lauren, 20, come to visit their brother every day and try to get him to answer. All day we talk to him and play him his favorite song, Lucis Dreams by Juice WRLD and voice memos from his friends.

“Hope is what I’m holding on to right now. Where there is life there is hope. Until it’s God’s way, I won’t accept that He should go.







The athletic lad is being treated on life support in the hospital
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Specialists treating Archie say it’s “very likely” the boy is already brain dead
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“I know miracles when people come back from brain death. He may not be the same, but if there’s a chance he can have a happy life after that, I want to give it to him.”

Solicitor Fiona Paterson, representing Barts Health NHS Trust, told the judge, Ms Justice Morgan, that Archie’s “treatment team thinks it is very likely that he is indeed brain dead”.

They say that all of Archie’s movements are reflexes.

She told the court: “While Archie is not brain dead, his medical team believe it is highly unlikely that he will ever regain consciousness and it is therefore in his best interest that his mechanical ventilation be stopped.”

Ms Justice Morgan described Archie’s case as “incredibly tragic” and said she hoped a solution could be found.

Avid gymnast and MMA fighter Archie never regained consciousness after his mother found him unresponsive with a dressing gown belt wrapped under his chin, hanging him from the railing of their family home in Southend-on-Sea.

She said: “Me and Archie went shopping and came home together on April 7th.

“We had the perfect afternoon, I was in my room when Archie walked in with this bag and a cheeky expression on his face. He wanted to annoy me – that’s the way he is, always on the lookout.







His distraught mother wants to give Archie more time to see if his condition improves
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“He offered me a candy, but I could see he had our pet rabbit, Simian, in his pocket.

“I laughed with him and told him to put the rabbit back. He left my room and I sent a few text messages.

“A few minutes had passed and I thought he was quiet, but I wasn’t worried, he’s 12, he doesn’t need me standing over him all the time in the house.

“I came out of my room and called him and that’s when I saw the rabbit at the top of the stairs.

“I thought Archie would be standing on the stairs but as I got closer I could see he was hanging there.

“I tried to untie the cord and get him down, but he was so heavy I couldn’t pick him up and untie the knot.

“I couldn’t get it off but I was able to get it off his neck, so I took the pressure off his neck and ran out into the street to scream for help. I got back to Archie and managed to rip the cord.

“Archie fell to the ground at the time and I screamed and panicked. A neighbor, Joe, came and called an ambulance and did CPR until help arrived.”







Boxing greats David Haye and Ricky Hatton have sent videos of support to the family
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Archie, a student at Chase High School in Southend, was taken to Southend University Hospital and later transferred to Royal London where he is still on mechanical ventilation.

Hollie said: “At first I thought it was a freak accident and Archie was messing around with the string and the rabbit, but since it happened I’m wondering if Archie could have taken part in an ‘online challenge’.

“Someone got in touch with me to say they’ve heard of boys putting ligatures over their heads as part of an online challenge. It can’t be, but I’m not ruling it out.”

Since Archie’s accident, his sister Lauren has started an Instagram page @spreadthepurplewave where people can follow Archie’s journey.

Boxing greats David Haye and Ricky Hatton posted videos of support via the social media page.

A gofundme for Archie has also raised over £11,000 in donations so far.

Hollie says the money is for any future treatments he may need and they aren’t ruling out the possibility of taking him abroad.

Hollie added: “Me and Archie say to each other that quitting is not an option. I will exhaust all ways.

“He is our champion, we are so proud of all his achievements. He is an elite gymnast and has huge potential to become an MMA fighter. He loves training and we want to get him back to what he loves to do. We will not give up on him.”

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