Archie Battersbee’s parents have stated that they have filed a petition with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the hope of delaying the removal of the 12-year-old boy’s life support system on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. The hearing for the petition is scheduled to take place in Strasbourg, France.
At the moment, the life support system at the Royal London Hospital is being used to keep the life of a British kid who is 12 years old and who has been in a coma ever since the day that his mother discovered him unresponsive and brought him to the hospital. His mother told him that the removal of his artificial support for life was scheduled to take place at eleven in the morning on August 3, 2022.
On Monday, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, Archie’s parents, were given a second chance after the government asked the judges of the UK court to consider the last-minute appeal of the United Nations committee to continue treating Archie while they investigated the case. The appeal asked the committee to continue treating Archie while they investigated the case. However, the panel of three justices declined to delay their ruling and ruled out discontinuing life-sustaining treatment before Tuesday at lunchtime. Even granting permission to appeal their decision to the Supreme Court was not something the justices were willing to do.
But Hollie and Paul, who have consistently battled against a judgement made by the court, are not going to give up the fight so quickly. The abused parents are going to submit an emergency application to the European Convention on Human Rights as a last ditch effort to have their rights respected.
“Our attorneys will submit the necessary paperwork to the European Court of Human Rights. They have been given a firm deadline of nine in the morning. To reiterate, there is absolutely no time. In each and every court case that we have ever been involved in, we have been given either one or two days to prepare and put the whole case together “explained Hollie.
However, the pair will need to hurry if they want to make it to the European Convention on Human Rights in time to file their appeal before the deadline. They will be up against the clock.
Dance had previously disclosed that her legal team had characterised the manner in which the Royal London Hospital treated her daughter, who was 12 years old, as harsh. The medical staff at the Royal London Hospital who are caring for Archie have already concluded that the little child has suffered irreversible brain damage and that it would not be in his best interests to continue receiving treatment through life support systems.
After conducting an in-depth review of Archie’s case, the Supreme Court justices expressed their “deep sorrow” for Archie’s parents while also stating that there is “no possibility of any significant rehabilitation” for Archie.
The chief medical officer of the Barts Health NHS Trust, Alistair Chesser, expressed his condolences to Archie’s family and added, “Our greatest thoughts remain with Archie’s family.” We shall now collaborate with the family in order to be ready for the termination of treatment, as the courts have ordered us to do. During this challenging moment, she said, “We endeavour to offer the best possible assistance to everyone we can.”
Archie Battersbee, a youngster from the United Kingdom who was 12 years old at the time and lived in Southend, Essex, on April 7, 2022, was the victim of devastating brain injury at his house. Hollie Dance, the boy’s mother, discovered him unconscious with a rope over his head. She speculated that the ligature may have been the result of the boy’s participation in an online asphyxiation challenge.