Doctors have turned off life support for a brain-dead boy in London after his parents failed in their legal battle to have him put on another ventilator. Mother Holly Dance said outside the hospital on Saturday that her twelve-year-old son died two hours later: “Such a cute little boy. He fought till the end.“
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The child is dead “His treatment was terminated in accordance with a court order in his best interest“, said Alistair Chesser, Chief Medical Officer of Responsible Hospital Trust. Outside the hospital in east London, people left flowers and cards and made the letter A with candles to express their condolences.
In early June, the court confirmed that Archie Battersbee had been found brain dead by attending doctors – allowing him to stop life support measures. Archie’s parents, backed by a Christian organization, exhausted all legal avenues in a week-long legal battle to keep their son alive against doctors’ advice. Former US President Donald Trump supported their efforts.
Most recently, the parents also lost in court in an attempt to move Archie to a hospice.
The accident might have been audacious
Archie fainted on April 7 and never regained consciousness. According to his mother, he participated in a competition held on online networks, which was as suffocating as possible.
She is she “World’s proudest mother“, said Dance after spending the night with other relatives at Archie’s deathbed. A relative described the last moments of his life “Savage“.
After the ventilation was turned off, the boy remained “Turned completely blue“. is there “There is nothing “polite” about it “Seeing a relative or child choking“.
Other parents fought for medical treatment for their children
During their legal battle, Archie’s parents urged the British Parliament to pass a law “Charlie’s Law“ Enacted to strengthen parents’ rights in disputes over medical treatment of children.
In England, the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans and Charlie Card have battled in court in recent years to remove their child’s spouse. In both cases the parents failed. Albie died in Liverpool in April 2018, Charlie Gard died in late July 2017, just before his first birthday. (AFP)
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