- Archie Battersbee, 12, has died after his parents lost a legal battle to keep him on life support.
- He was found unconscious after strangling himself with a robe cord during a TikTok challenge.
- His life support was removed at 5 a.m. ET today, and he died more than two hours later.
Archie Battersbee in his parents and hospital, UK High Court,European Court of Human Rights and the United Nationstrying to keep him alive.
yesterday, high court ruling Twelve-year-olds can be transferred from London hospitals to hospice.
Archie died more than two hours after being without life support, his mother said.
“He was off the medication. His stats remained stable until they took off the ventilation two hours later,” Ella Rose Carter, Archie’s prospective sister-in-law, said outside the Royal London Hospital.
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“There is absolutely no dignity in watching a family member or a child suffocate. We hope no family has to go through what we have gone through. It’s barbaric.”
Also, outside the hospital, Archie’s mom said he was “a very beautiful little boy who fought to the end and I’m proud to be his mom.”
Archie, a talented gymnast, was rushed to hospital from his Essex home on April 7 after his mother found him in a coma, where he had been playing with a nightgown rope, slashing his neck Hang from the railing at home.
His mother Hollie Dance sees it as part of a dangerous TikTok challenge called “Blackout Challengewhich ultimately led to catastrophic brain damage.
The young boy has been on life support in hospital since the incident.
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Doctors ruled Archie brain dead on June 13, but Dance disagreed, saying she felt Archie squeeze her hand.
She fought for the British court system to allow her son to remain on life support, even taking the case to the United Nations, but doctors have always felt it was not in his best interests to keep him ventilated.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which has been supporting the family’s case, said: “Our thoughts, prayers and support are with Archie’s family at this tragic time.
“We will continue to support the family, as we have done throughout, since they came to us after receiving a last-minute legal action to have life support removed from Archie,” According to The Guardian.