Doctors in Japan want to treat Archie Battersbee, his mother said, “We’ll fight to the last end”
Additionally, the family of the 12-year-old kid has made an urgent application to the European Court of Human Rights to extend his life support.
Archie Battersbee’s mother has reportedly stated that specialists in Turkey, Italy, and Japan have offered to treat her son, who medical professionals believe to be “brain-stem dead.” The 12-year-old boy’s family had earlier on Wednesday, August 3, submitted an emergency case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg (commonly known as the Strasbourg Court) requesting that his life support be maintained.
After the UK Supreme Court declined to decide in their favor on Tuesday, August 2, to stop the withdrawal of life support and refused their application to appeal the Court of Appeal’s ruling, the parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, submitted the case to the ECHR. The boy was taken off the ventilator on Wednesday at 11 a.m. by the Barts NHS Health Trust, which manages the Royal London Hospital in London, where Archie is a patient.
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We won’t make any modifications to Archie’s treatment until the unresolved legal issues are resolved, a Barts NHS trust spokesman has said, according to The Daily Mail. Archie’s family was able to submit the application to the ECHR before the 9 am deadline. Hollie commented on the good news by saying, “We are really glad… we are having to fight every hospital decision. Now, let’s hope and pray that the ECHR will consider the application favorably. Until the very end, we will not give up on Archie.
The mother continued by saying that the Turkish, Italian, and Japanese doctors want to keep treating Archie. Before adding, “Yesterday was a really low day for me, I’m currently researching options to take him outside the UK. People who know me well understand that I don’t want to lose, especially when it comes to defending the life of my son. We shall fight until the very end as I and his father both made a promise to Arch, and we will do just that. My son’s right to life will be defended by us.
“It’s really just me and Archie, and obviously Archie’s family, versus the entire system,” said Hollie. She continued, “There are other nations who wish to cure him, and I think that he should be allowed to go,” adding that they have “excellent success rates”.
Since April, when his mother discovered him lifeless and covered in ligature marks at home, Archie has been in the hospital in a coma. His family has since petitioned multiple times to keep him on the ventilator. However, the Supreme Court likewise turned against their request on August 1. Although they have “great sympathy with the plight of Archie’s loving parents who face a situation that is every parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of a much-loved child… there is no prospect of any meaningful recovery,” they also stated that they don’t believe there will ever be a meaningful recovery (by Archie). Archie would pass away in the coming weeks from organ failure followed by heart failure, even if life-supporting measures were to be continued. The continuation of the medical system “serves merely to protract his death,” as (Mr Justice Hayden at the High Court) ruled in his most sympathetic opinion.
Hollie, however, criticized the choice and labeled it “wrong.” It’s not right, Archie’s my child, she continued. Where he breathes his final breath and whether he survives or dies shouldn’t be up to others to decide. It’s improper.