‘Nothing With Dignity’ About Watching ‘Child Suffocate’

‘Nothing With Dignity’ About Watching ‘Child Suffocate’

12-year-old Archie Battersbee died after National Health Service (NHS) doctors withdrew his life support, with family members describing the process as “barbaric”.

“He was taken off the medication at 10 a.m., his stats remained stable until two hours later when they took the ventilation off,” confirmed Ella Rose Carter, fiancée of the youngster’s older brother, Tom. on behalf of the family.

“There is nothing dignified about watching a family member or a child cry,” she said.

“We hope that no family will have to go through what we had. It is barbaric.”

Archie’s parents, Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance, supported by the Christian Law Centre, had appealed the doctors’ decision to withdraw life support to the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Man, but not take advantage of it.

The doctors also refused their request to transfer him to a hospice for his final moments, and this was also supported by the judges.

Some criticized Archie’s family during their legal battle, with one outlet citing a doctor as saying he was “[found] it was difficult to sympathize with Archie Battersbee’s parents” because, as he put it, they believed they “know better than the modern medical/medical professionals” and were not “allowing him to die with dignity son”.

The courts, when they agreed to hear Archie’s parents’ case at all, agreed with doctors that it was not in his “best interests” to remain on life support or be transferred to hospice.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNRPD) asked the British authorities to delay ending Archie’s life support while they considered his case, but the doctors refused and, again, there was support from the domestic judges.

Archie’s mum says she doesn’t know how she is “coping” with returning home and facing the scene where she found Archie before he went to hospital – she believes he accidentally hurt himself while taking part in a botched ‘blackout challenge’ for TikTok — and that she believes she’ll “go downhill for a while.”

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