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Mother of 12-year-old boy with brain damage, facing life support shutdown ‘would rather have some of it than none’

The mother of a brain-damaged boy has said she would ‘rather have some of it than none’ as a court is set to rule on whether to end his survival.

Specialist doctors treating Archie Battersbee, from Southend in Essex, believe it is ‘highly likely’ the 12-year-old is brain dead after suffering what has been described as a ‘tragic accident ” at home.

His family say he is currently in an induced coma in a London hospital.

Medical professionals say his life-saving treatment should be stopped. But Archie’s parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, have raised concerns about the doctors’ proposals.

Hospital bosses have asked a High Court judge to decide which moves were in Archie’s best interests, with that set due for review on Thursday.

Ms Dance is hoping to have more time for the 12-year-old, who has not regained consciousness since the incident that damaged his brain a month ago.

“We don’t know the extent of the damage, but I’d rather have a part of Archie than nothing of Archie just to wake up every morning and kiss his beautiful little face,” his mother reportedly said per the Mirror.

Hollie Dance’s son is in an induced coma in hospital

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“I fight as long as possible to watch and wait.”

She reportedly added, “Hope is what I’m clinging to right now. Where there’s life, there’s hope. Until it’s God’s way, I I won’t let him go.

“I know miracles when people come back from brain death. He may not be the same as before, but if there is a possibility that he can live a happy life after that, I want give it to him.

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

Mrs Justice Arbuthnot, of the High Court’s Family Division, was considering the case at a private hearing in London on Thursday.

Fiona Paterson of Barts Health NHS Trust told the judge the ‘priority’ was to decide whether Archie should be tested to see if he was brain dead.

She said this was ‘nationally approved’ and would be done in a way to ensure any risk is ‘minimized’.

Ms. Paterson wants the judge to decide that the test is in Archie’s best interests.

But Bruno Quintaville, on behalf of his parents, said he was “very concerned” that their son had not received treatment to relieve the swelling in his brain.

“The concern is that he could sustain more damage every day than could have been avoided,” he said.

The judge heard that Archie was injured on April 7.

No decision had been made public Thursday afternoon.

Additional reporting by Press Association


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