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Archie Battersbee: Mum’s fight to keep 12-year-old son on life support to be considered by High Court | UK News

A mother’s fight to keep her son’s life support system going after he was found unconscious four weeks ago is being considered by a High Court judge.

Archie Battersbee, from Southend, Essex, has not regained consciousness after suffering brain damage in an incident at home over a month ago.

Specialists treating the 12-year-old believe it is “very likely” he is dead, and say life-sustaining treatment should be stopped.

Hospital bosses want the court to order a test to establish if he is dead.

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The 12-year-old did not regain consciousness after suffering brain damage in an incident in April (Picture: gofundme)

His parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, have raised concerns about the doctors’ proposals.

Mrs Justice Arbuthnot is due to consider the case at a private hearing in London on Thursday.

Ms Dance said Archie, who is being treated at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, may have taken part in an “online challenge” when he was injured.

She said she found the avid gymnast and MMA fighter with a ligature on his head on April 7.

Undated handout photo of Hollie Dance, 46, whose 12-year-old son was left in a coma after suffering brain damage in an incident at home may have taken part in a "online challenge".
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Hollie Dance, Archie’s mother

“Archie had a severe brain injury just four weeks ago, there hasn’t been enough time to see what he can do,” Ms Dance told the Daily Mail.

“I refused the brainstem test to declare him brain dead. It’s too soon.

“He squeezed my fingers with a tight grip. I think that’s his way of letting me know he’s still here and just needs more time.”

Since Archie went to the hospital, his sister Lauren has started an Instagram page where people can follow his treatment.

Boxers David Haye and Ricky Hatton have posted videos of support and a gofundme page has also raised over £14,000 in donations so far.

Undated photo of Archie Battersbee, 12.  A High Court judge is preparing to make decisions on the future of the 12-year-old boy who did not regain consciousness after suffering brain damage in an incident at home more than a month ago .
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Archie is an avid gymnast and MMA fan

Campaign group Christian Legal Center supports Archie’s family.

“We’re with Archie and his family every step of the way,” the center’s general manager, Andrea Williams, said.

“We want to give him every chance to live.”


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