The life support of Archie Battersbee, the British boy in a coma since April 7 after participating in a viral challenge that went wrong, will remain on after his family filed an application for a palliative care unit this Thursday. , advances to Sky News.
The 12-year-old’s parents had until 9:00 am on Thursday to submit a proposal to the Supreme Court to transfer him. If they didn’t, life support would be turned off at 11:00. The court’s response to this request is now awaited.
The boy’s parents on Wednesday lost a final legal request to prevent doctors from turning off life support, as the European Court of Human Rights refused a request from the family to intervene.
Archie Battersbee, 12, was found unconscious at home with a bandage wrapped around his head on April 7. Parents believe he may have participated in an online challenge that went wrong.
Doctors claim that Archie is brain dead and that life support treatment is not in his best interests.
His parents, Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance, have been unsuccessfully fighting for British courts to stop the Royal London Hospital from shutting down the boy’s ventilator and stopping other interventions that have kept him alive.
The mother said the family’s lawyers had filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights, based in Strasbourg, France, hours before the hospital planned to start withdrawing Archie from life support on Wednesday morning.
The court said it would not “interfere with the decisions of national courts to allow the withdrawal of life support treatment.” [de Archie] proceed”.
Earlier, Hollie Dance said the family “will not give up on Archie until the end” and is considering offers from Japan and Italy to treat the boy.
“There are other countries interested in treating him and I think he should be allowed to go,” Dance said.
The case is the latest in the UK that pits doctors’ judgment against family members’ intentions.
Under British law, it is common for the courts to intervene when parents and doctors are in disagreement over a child’s treatment.
When this happens, the rights of the child override the right of parents to decide what they think is best for their children.
The UK Supreme Court said on Tuesday that Archie “has no prospect of significant recovery” and that, even with continued treatment, he will die in the coming weeks of heart failure and other organ failure.
The judges therefore agreed with a lower court that had already considered that the continuation of the treatment “serves only to postpone his death”.
For now, Archie’s life-support treatment will continue, according to the medical director of the Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital where Archie is hospitalized.
“As decided by the courts, we will work with the family to prepare for withdrawal from life support treatment, but we will not make changes to Archie’s care until pending legal issues are resolved,” said Alistair Chesser.