Archie Battersbee: Supreme Court dismisses appeal to transfer him to hospice to die

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Archie Battersbee can’t go to hospice, the Supreme Court ruled, saying it’s not in his best interests.

Ms Theis’s ruling at the Supreme Court on Friday showed that Archie’s move to hospice should be seen in light of his medical position which is “becoming shaky” and that when his best interests are considered, he will have to be hospitalized. stay. hospital until treatment is stopped.

A family spokesperson said Archie’s parents have now appealed the judge’s decision to the Court of Appeals, which will be heard Friday afternoon, where they will challenge the decision.

The 12-year-old has been in a coma since April after being found after an accident at his home. Doctors have declared him “brain-stem dead” and his family has fought to keep his livelihood in courts, with the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday saying that the planned stoppage of his treatment could not be postponed.

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The verdict referred to how Archie suffered a “catastrophic” brain injury as a result of the accident and “had no prospect of any meaningful recovery”.

Doctors had previously provided evidence that Archie was “weeks away from a death that would otherwise have resulted from a gradual further deterioration and then failure of his organs, followed by the failure of his heart”.

After the failed attempt to extend Archie’s treatment, doctors also provided evidence about whether Archie should be moved to a hospice, including the “not insignificant” risks of moving Archie, such as a drop in his blood pressure when turned or moved.

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The doctor advised the Supreme Court that there were risks involved in moving Archie from his bed to a hospital car, as well as the possibility that his hoses would become dislodged or equipment would fail while making the trip to the hospice.

‘We are broken’

After the verdict, Archie’s mother Hollie Dance said: “All our wishes as a family have been rejected by the authorities.”

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“We’re broken, but we’re going to carry on because we love Archie and refuse to give him up.”

Ms. Dance and father Paul Battersbee made an urgent request that he be transferred to a hospice to die, which resulted in a hearing that lasted until late Thursday night.

But in a ruling Friday morning, Ms Theis concluded that it was not in Archie’s best interests to move.

The judge declined to appeal her ruling after family lawyers asked.

The family can now appeal directly to the Court of Appeal, and Ms Justice Theis has postponed the hearing until 2 p.m. Friday, allowing time to appeal.

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